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Swimming


 

Swimming is one of the challenging sports in terms of strength and endurance. These Soldiers overcome physical limitations -- even the loss of limbs -- to achieve peak performance while recovering strength, endurance and confidence.

 
 
 

Competition

  • Swimming events include 50-yd freestyle, 100-yd freestyle, 50-yd backstroke, 50-yd breaststroke and 200-yd freestyle relays in both men’s and women’s categories. Mixed gender/classification 200-yd freestyle relays.

Classification

  • Athletes compete in different classification categories based on functional abilities including impaired muscle power/range of movement, limb deficiency and visual impairment.
  • Athletes are allowed to dive, sit on the platform or be in the water at the beginning of race. The way an athlete starts is determined by the athlete’s classification.

Fact

  • Athletes are “seeded” (fastest times) based on previous performance, with the higher seeds being closer to the center lanes of the pool.
  • VI athletes use the assistance from a “tapper.” The tapper uses a long pole with a padded end to tap the swimmer on the head when he or she is close to the wall, indicating when the swimmer should turn or end the race.
 

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