Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1960 and always attracts the largest number of spectators. The sport offers a wide range of competitions and events and is open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups.
Athletes compete according to their functional classification in each event. Some compete in wheelchairs and some with prostheses, while those who are visually impaired receive guidance from a sighted guide.
The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee.
So whether you want to see athletes run 100m in just over 10 seconds, marvel at a high jumper with one leg clearing 2 metres, or a thrower propelling a discuss nearly 50 meters, this is the sport for you.
The events on the Paralympic programme include:
Track events: sprint (100m, 200m, 400m); middle distance (800m, 1,500m); long distance (5,000m, 10,000m) and relay races (4x100m, 4x400m)
Road event: marathon
Field events: high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, javelin
Combined events: pentathlon
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Info taken from IPC Athletics www.paralympic.org