TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES
TRACK & FIELD
The US track & field team won 16 gold medals, and 42 medals overall, in the 2016 Paralympics at Rio de Janeiro. They finished with the second-most golds and overall medals, trailing only China.
USA AMPUTEE ATHLETES
There are nearly 40 classifications in track & field, but don’t be overwhelmed: Limb-different athletes will only compete in a small number of classifications in Tokyo. Broadly speaking, the classifications for athletes with limb difference are:
T46-47: Running and jumping events for upper-limb amputees
T54: Wheelchair racing
T61-64: Running and jumping events for lower-limb amputees competing with prostheses
F45-46: Throwing events for upper-limb amputees
F55-57: Throwing events for lower-limb amputees, seated
F61-64: Throwing events for lower-limb amputees, standing with prostheses
Within each category, lower numbers correspond to higher levels of impairment. For example, within the 61 to 64 grouping:
61 = bilateral above-knee amputation
62 = bilateral below-knee amputation
63 = unilateral above-knee amputation
64 = unilateral below-knee amputation
Some events are restricted to competitors from a single classification. Others are open to athletes from multiple classifications. For example, participants in T44/62/64 events may include unilateral BK amputees, bilateral BK amputees, and fully-limbed competitors with below-knee muscle or neurological impairments.
For detailed information about Track and Field classifications at the Tokyo Games, see the Lexi classification guide. For an overview of Track & Field and a one-minute explainer video, see the Tokyo 2020 Track and Field page.
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