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Athletes with a disabilty(AWAD)

ITU World Championships,

Hamburg, Germany.







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AWAD Competition Categories

Physically Challenged Competition Categories shall be established based on physical disabilities. Medical evidence shall be required as to disability and classification. The six categories are as follows:

PC1 Handcycle: Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee. Must use hand cycle on bike course and racing wheel chair on run.

PC2 Below Knee Amputee : Rides bicycle and runs with prosthesis or crutches.

PC3 Above Knee Amputee : Rides bicycle and runs with prosthesis or crutches.

PC4 Upper Extremity: Single Arm Amputee (above or below elbow), Upper Extremity Paralysis resulting in significant use of the arm. May use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike and/or run.

PC5 Blind: Legally Blind (20/200 vision with best corrective vision). A handler of the same sex is mandatory throughout the race. Athlete is tethered during the swim, uses a tandem bicycle and may be tethered during the run.

PC6 Les Autre : Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Double Leg Amputee Runners, Double Arm Amputees. These athletes will ride a bicycle and run. They may use braces or prosthesis if required.






















































































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