Paratriathlon Classification

There are five sport classes in paratriathlon:                  

        PT1 - Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.

                           

        PT2 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

                           

        PT3 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

                           

        PT4 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..

                           

        PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

Classification

Classification is a unique and integral part of disability sport. It provides a structure for competition, ensuring fair and equitable competition at all levels of sport. Paralympic athletes have an impairment in body structures and functions that leads to a competitive disadvantage in sport. Consequently, criteria are put in place to ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.

In November 2007, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly passed the IPC Classification Code and International Standards (“the Code”), a universal code for classification that implements policies and procedures across all sports within the Paralympic movement. The intent of the Code is to bring consistency to certain aspects of the classification process, specifically as it relates to;

  • Ensuring accountability and principles of fair play
  • The protection of the rights of all Athletes and Classifiers
  • The Evaluation of Athletes
  • Protest and Appeals

For more information about classification go to: International Triathlon Union website here

and for a description of all classes please link to the IPC’s Laymen’s Guide for Paralympic Summer Sports. (Triathlon Pages 35 and 36) 

Elite Para Triathlon

  • ELITE EVENTS AND QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/events

 

  • ITU WORLD RANKINGS

http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/rankings

 

  • 2016 RIO PARALYMPICS QUALIFICATION

Selection Principles and Criteria Document for the Paralympic Games

 

  • ANTI-DOPING

http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping

 

  • PARALYMPICS IRELAND

http://www.paralympics.ie/

International Triathlon Union (ITU) Competition Rules