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Paratriathlon will make its Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016, after a period of rapid growth on an international level.

The sport is competed over triathlon’s ‘sprint’ distance: 750m swim
20km bike
5km run / push


There are currently five competition categories in Paratriathlon:

  • PT1 - Wheelchair users. 
  • PT2 - Ambulant athletes with greatest level of physical impairment
  • PT3 - Ambulant athletes with moderate level of physical impairment 
  • PT4 - Ambulant athletes with lower level of physical impairment
  • PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3)

These categories allow for most areas of physical impairment to compete at an international level but on a participation level anyone can get involved with a club and try the sport, including those with learning difficulties and deafness.  Triathlon is a sport which encourages participation and the achievement of each individual’s personal challenges, be that to win a paralympic gold medal or to complete a super-sprint triathlon.

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