Para athletics events are held for men and women over a range of classifications and events. Broadly speaking the classification categories are divided into six different types of impairment – visually impaired, intellectually impaired, cerebral palsy and brain trauma, short stature, limb deficiencies and impaired muscle power/impaired range of movement. Some Para athletes will compete in wheelchairs, some with prostheses, while those who are visually impaired receive guidance from a sighted guide.
Medal events: 177 in total comprising 96 men’s events and 81 women’s events.
Track: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Field: High jump (men only), long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and club throw.
Where: Joao Havelange Stadium, Maracana (road events based at Flamengo Park, Copacabana)
When: Thursday 8 September to Sunday 18 September 2016.
More info: www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/athletics