Paralympic athletics

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An athlete in a wheelchair at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships

Paralympic athletics is a disabled sport practiced by athletes with a physical disability have competed at separate international events since 1952. It is governed by IPC Athletics, and is one of the sports at the Summer Paralympic Games since 1960.[1][2]


Timothée Adolphe and his sighted guide Cédric Felip

Competiors at elite level competitions, are classified by disability, to arrange athletes with a similar disability in the same event. A classified T12 athlete for example, is a track athlete with a visual impairment.

  • F = Field athletes
  • T = Track athletes

In wheelchair racing athletes compete in lightweight racing chairs. Most major marathons have wheelchair divisions and the elite racers consistently beat the runners on foot.

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