T13 (classification)

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Final competition of Men's 5000m T13 at the Parapan American Games Rio 2007

T13 and B3 are equivalent disability sport classification for disability athletics. They cover athletes with a visual impairment who "can recognise contours between 2 and 6 metres away".

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 T13 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: "B3 athletes – see IBSA classes (appendix)"[2] The classification in the appendix by Buckley goes on to say "".[clarification needed][2] The Australian Paralympic Committee defines this classification as being for athletes who "can recognise contours between 2 and 6 metres away i.e. 2/60 – 6/60 and visual field of more than five (5) degrees and less than twenty (20) 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 an classification an athlete should compete in.[5]

Major results in T13 category[edit]

The following tables lists the current medalists at World championhip and Paralympic level in T13 category events as of 1 July 2015. The next Paralympic Games is set for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, while the next IPC World Championships are set for Lyon, France in October 2015.

T13 at the
2012 Summer Paralympics
Event Gold Silver Bronze
MEN
100m
details
 Jason Smyth
Ireland (IRL)
 Luis Felipe Gutierrez
Cuba (CUB)
 Jonathan Ntutu
Brazil (BRA)
200m
details
 Jason Smyth
Ireland (IRL)
 Alexey Labzin
Russia (RUS)
 Artem Loginov
Russia (RUS)
400m
details
 Alexey Labzin
Russia (RUS)
 Alexander Zverev
Russia (RUS)
 Mohamed Amguoun
Morocco (MAR)
800m
details
 Abdellatif Baka
Algeria (ALG)
 David Korir
Kenya (KEN)
 Abdelillah Mame
Morocco (MAR)
1500m
details
 Abderrahim Zhiou
Tunisia (TUN)
 David Korir
Kenya (KEN)
 David Devine
Great Britain (GBR)
4 x 100m relay
T11-13
Russia
Evgeny Kegelev
Alexey Labzin
Fedor Trikolich
Andrey Koptev
China
Xue Lei
Yuan Yizhi
Yang Yuqing
Li Yansong
Azerbaijan
Elchin Muradov
Rza Osmanov
Oleg Panyutin
Vladimir Zayets
WOMEN
100m
details
 Omara Durand
Cuba (CUB)
 Ilse Hayes
South Africa (RSA)
 Nantenin Keita
France (FRA)
400m
details
 Omara Durand
Cuba (CUB)
 Somaya Bousaid
Tunisia (TUN)
 Alexandra Dimoglou
Greece (GRE)

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" (PDF). Sydney, Australia. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "CLASSIFICATION Information for Athletes" (PDF). Sydney Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011.