T12 (classification)

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T12 and B2 are disability sport classification for disability athletics.

History[edit]

The classification was created by the International Paralympic Committee and has roots in a 2003 attempt to address "the overall objective to support and co-ordinate the ongoing development of accurate, reliable, consistent and credible sport focused classification systems and their implementation."[1]

Sport[edit]

Visualisation of functional vision for a T12 classified competitor

This classification is for disability athletics.[2] This classification is one of three classifications for athletes with visual impairment. They are T11, T12 and T13.[3] Jane Buckley, writing for the Sporting Wheelies, describes the athletes in this classification as: "B2 athletes – see IBSA classes (appendix)"[2] The classification in the appendix by Buckley goes on to say "The athlete will have the ability to recognise the shape of a hand and the ability to perceive clearly will be up to 2/60. The visual field of the athlete is less than 5 degrees."[2] The Australian Paralympic Committee defines this classification as being for athletes who have the "Ability to recognise objects up to a distance of 2 metres i.e. below 2/60 and/or visual field of less than five (5) degrees." [4]

Becoming classified[edit]

For Australian athletics competitors seeking to be classified in this category, they need to undergo a classification evaluation where they will earn either provisional or national certification depending on who the evaluators are. Athletes undergo a medical examination and are asked to demonstrate their skills in athletics. They may also be asked to demonstrate other sport related skills such as jumping rope or swimming. A determination is then made as to what classification an athlete should compete in.[5]

Competitors[edit]

Australian athletics competitors in this class include Brad Henderson, Ian Speed and Joshua Yates.[6] Uzbekistan athletics competitors in this class include Abror Ibrokhimov, Doniyor Saliev, Alisher Usmonov and Bekzod Khodjaev.[7] Spanish competitors include Elena Congost Mohedano.[8]

In 2011, Michalski Mateusz from Poland and born in 1987 is ranked 1 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Loginov Artem from Germany and born in 1991 is ranked 2 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Elchin Muradov from Azerbaijan and born in 1989 is ranked 2 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Schroeder Matthias from Germany and born in 1982 is ranked 4 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Kadhim Ahmed Abdul Amir from Czech Republic and born in 1995 is ranked 5 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Trikolich Fedor from Turkey and born in 1985 is ranked 7 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Li Yansong from China and born in 1982 is ranked 8 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Jamison Josiah from Great Britain and born in 1982 is ranked 9 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Potra Gabriel from Turkey and born in 1980 is ranked 10 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9] Rodriguez Maximiliano from Spain and born in 1988 is ranked 11 in the world in the 100 metre event.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paralympic Classification Today". International Paralympic Committee. 22 April 2010. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c Buckley, Jane (2011). "Understanding Classification: A Guide to the Classification Systems used in Paralympic Sports". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Summer Sports » Athletics". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Classification Information Sheet". Sydney, Australia. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "CLASSIFICATION Information for Athletes". Sydney Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Australian Athletics Classification Masterlist". Sydney, Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "IPC Athletics Classification Master List Summer Season 2012". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Biografías" (in Spanish). Spain: Comité Paralímpico Español. 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "IPC Athletics Rankings Official World Rankings 2011". International Paralympic Committee. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.