at the XI Paralympic Games
Athletics at the 2000 Summer Paralympics comprised a total of 234 events, 165 for men and 69 for women. Athletes were classified according to the extent and type of their disability.
- Classes 11-13: visually impaired athletes
- Class 20: intellectually disabled athletes
- Classes 32-38: athletes with cerebral palsy; classes 32 to 34 competed while in wheelchairs
- Classes 42-46: amputees and those with other disabilities (les autres)
- Classes 51-58: athletes with spinal cord disabilities; these classes competed while in wheelchairs
Class numbers were preceded by a "T" for track events, an "F" for field events, and a "P" for the pentathlon. Lower class numbers corresponded to more severe disability. An exception to this classification scheme arose for athletes with severe cerebal palsy competing in field events; there were no F32 events, so athletes from this category instead competed in class F51 against athletes with spinal cord disabilities.
Australian track athletes (L-R) Neil Fuller, Stephen Wilson, Tim Matthews and Heath Francis after their gold medal win in the 4 x 400 m T46 relay, 2000 Summer Paralympics
Action shot of Australian track athlete Lisa Llorens during her silver medal winning run in the 100 m T20 at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Australian track athletes Katrina Webb (left) and Alison Quinn (right) celebrate with their Australian fans in the crowd over their medal wins in the 100 m T38 at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Day 07. Quinn won gold and Webb won silver in this event.