Paratriathlon - what you need to know

by Doug Gray on 01 Jan, 2020 11:39
Paratriathlon - what you need to know

The triathlon events at the Paralympic Games will see all competitors from the different sport classes compete over a course of 750m of swimming, 20km of cycling and 5km of running.

The medal events that the IPC confirmed for Paris 2024 are the Men’s PTWC, PTS2, PTS3, PTS4, PTS5 and PTVI, and Women’s PTWC, PTS2, PTS4, PTS5 and PTVI, three more medal events than in Tokyo 2020.

Regarding the athlete quota, there will be 54 men (18 more than in Tokyo), 50 women (14 more than in Tokyo) and further 18 invitational spots with no gender pre-determined yet, making a total of 120 Para triathletes competing at the Paris 2024 Paralympics, 40 more than were at Tokyo 2020.

So, ahead of Paris 2024, why not get to know a little more about the events, athletes and classification?

Sport Class Explanation
The Paralympic Para triathlon qualifying system was reformatted for Tokyo to allow for classing-up in certain cases to potentially allow more athletes the opportunity to qualify. The Tokyo 2020 medal events are as follows:

 PTWC in both genders: comprising both PTWC1 and PTWC2 sport classes;
 PTVI in both genders: comprising PTVI1, PTVI2 and PTVI3 sport classes;
 Men’s PTS2;
 Men’s PTS3;
 Men’s PTS4;
 Men’s PTS5
 Women’s PTS2;
 Women’s PTS4: also including athletes from the PTS3 sport class;
 Women’s PTS5.

The basic definitions for each of the classes in paratriathlon are as follows:

PTWC - Wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.

PTS2 - Severe impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PTS3 - Significant impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PTS4 - Moderate impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PTS5 - Mild impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

PTVI - Includes athletes who are partially sighted to totally blind. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment. One guide of the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race.

Important rules
There are some particularities in Para triathlon, as athletes with varying levels of impairment need different support levels when exiting the water and before reaching the transition area.

There are swim-exit assistants who may assist the athletes upon swim exit depending on the swim cap colour, providing full lifting (red swim cap) or support assistance (yellow swim cap). There is a designated pre-transition area for athletes to collect their assistive devices (PTS2 to PTS4) or access their daily wheelchairs and be stripped by their handlers if needed (PTWC).

Athletes can use conventional bikes with approved adaptations (PTS2, PTS3 & PTS4 classes), a tandem (PTVI) or handcycle (PTWC).

The final section is a 5 km run, which athletes can complete in racing wheelchairs (PTWC), running with or without support of assistive devices (PTS2, PTS3 & PTS4) or alongside their guides (PTVI).

In the PTVI medal event, totally blind athletes (PTVI1) have an advantage through the interval start system. The men start 3’21’’ ahead of the partially sighted field and the women 3’48 ahead.

The PTWC medal event also uses the interval start system. The PTWC1 men start 3’08’’ ahead of the rest of the field and PTWC1 women start 4’04’’ ahead.

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Related Event: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
24 - 05 Sep, 2021 • event pageall results
Results: PTWC Men
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 00:57:51
2. Florian Brungraber H2 AUT 00:59:55
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:02:05
4. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:03:01
5. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:04:45
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA 00:59:58
2. Hideki Uda JPN 01:03:45
3. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP 01:04:24
4. Jiachao Wang CHN 01:04:54
5. Antonio Franko CRO 01:05:49
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Martin Schulz GER 00:58:10
2. George Peasgood GBR 00:58:55
3. Stefan Daniel CAN 00:59:22
4. Chris Hammer USA 00:59:28
5. Ronan Cordeiro BRA 01:01:22
Results: PTVI Men
1. Brad Snyder B1 USA 01:01:16
2. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP 01:02:11
3. Satoru Yoneoka B1 JPN 01:02:20
4. Thibaut Rigaudeau B2 FRA 01:02:48
5. Kyle Coon B1 USA 01:03:00
Results: PTWC Women
1. Kendall Gretsch H2 USA 01:06:25
2. Lauren Parker H1 AUS 01:06:26
3. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:14:59
4. Jessica Ferreira H1 BRA 01:16:23
5. Brenda Osnaya Alvarez H1 MEX 01:16:32
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Allysa Seely USA 01:14:03
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:14:58
3. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA 01:15:55
4. Fran Brown GBR 01:19:42
5. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:21:25
Results: PTVI Women
1. Susana Rodriguez B1 ESP 01:07:15
2. Anna Barbaro B1 ITA 01:11:11
3. Annouck Curzillat B1 FRA 01:11:45
4. Alison Peasgood B2 GBR 01:11:47
5. Jessica Tuomela B1 CAN 01:12:53
Results: PTS5 Women
1. Lauren Steadman GBR 01:04:46
2. Grace Norman USA 01:05:27
3. Claire Cashmore GBR 01:07:36
4. Kamylle Frenette CAN 01:10:09
5. Alisa Kolpakchy UKR 01:13:29
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