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Sport Classes (Categories)

Paratriathlon Sport Classes (categories) *new as of 2014

ITU Paratriathlon has implemented an evidence-based classification system to group impairments into sport classes according to the extent of activity limitation they cause the athlete when performing in the sport of paratriathlon.

The recognized types of impairment by the ITU are:

 
Impairment Type
Examples of Health Conditions that may cause such impairment
 Impaired muscle power
Spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, brachial plexus injury, Erbs Palsy, polio, spina bifida, Guillian- Bare Syndrome
 Impaired passive range of movement
 Ankylosis, arthrogryposis, post burns joint contractures. Does not include hypermobility of joints.
 Limb Deficiency
 Amputation resulting from trauma or congenital limb deficiency (dysmelia)
 Hypertonia  Cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis
 Ataxia  Cerebral palsy, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Friedrichs ataxia, spincerebellar ataxia
 Athetosis  Cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury
 Vision Impairment
 Myopia, tunnel vision, scotoma, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, macular degeneration, congenital cataract

The five sport classes are as follows:

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). One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

National Classification System

USA Triathlon will be developing a National Classification system that mirrors the new ITU classification system to ensure that all athletes who are classified nationally will also classify internationally.

More to come on this once the ITU classification manual has been released and USAT has the opportunity to train U.S. classifiers in the ITU system.

ITU Classification System

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has its own Classification Policies and Procedures that are to be followed at all ITU-sanctioned paratriathlons.

The new ITU Classification manual and masterlist for the 2014 season has not been released yet, but will be posted here when made available.

2014 ITU Classification Opportunities:

  • Subic Bay ASTC Paratriathlon Asian Championships: One classification panel on THU 24 - FRI 25 Apr
  • Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event: One classification panel on FRI 23 - SAT 24 May
  • London ITU World Paratriathlon Event: Two panels with classification on THU 29 - FRI 30 May
  • Dallas PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships: Two classification panels on THU 29 - SAT 31 May
  • Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships: Two classification panels on WED 18 - FRI 20 June
  • Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Event: One panel with classification on THU 26 - FRI 27 June
  • Magog ITU World Paratriathlon Event: One classification panel on THU 17 to FRI 18 July
  • ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton: One classification panel on WED 28th to THU 29th Aug. ONLY for athletes with “R” status or Protest Management

There may be more opportunities added later on in the season. Where only one panel is present, no protest resolution is possible except at the World Championships. The events in BOLD are where USA athletes have the best shot at obtaining a classification appointment.

ITU has said that priority order for classification appointments will be given to athletes who have made the start list at the events listed above.

The complete scope of VI classification for the rest of the 2014 season is pending confirmation of availability and facilities. ITU is closely working with IBSA and IPC to announce this as soon as possible.

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