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    Wheelchair fencing classification

    Ruyi Ye (L) of China on his way to winning gold against Yijun Chen (R) of China during the men's individual foil category A final of the wheelchair fencing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Ruyi Ye (L) of China on his way to winning gold against Yijun Chen (R) of China during the men's individual foil category A final of the wheelchair fencing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images

    This is a brief overview of the sport and is in no way legally binding. In all cases the sport specific classification rules will take precedence. Should this page be out of date please contact classification@paralympic.org.

    Eligible impairment types:

    Impaired muscle power

    Athetosis

    Impaired passive range of movement

    Hypertonia

    Limb deficiency

    Ataxia

    Leg length difference

    Sport classes:

    All wheelchair fencers have an impairment of their legs or feet that prohibits them from competing against standing, able-bodied fencers. They all compete in wheelchairs, and are allocated one of the below sport classes depending on their trunk function. This is because the wheelchairs cannot be moved during competition to get closer to the opponents or to avoid the opponent’s attack, so that the athletes rely on moving their upper body while sitting in the chair.

    Category A

    Fencers in category A have good trunk control, allowing them to bend forward and sideways explosively when attacking their opponent or dodging an attack. Also, their fencing arm is fully functional. Fencers in this sport class have lower limb deficiency or paraplegia, for example. Not all of fencers in this category use a wheelchair in their daily life.

    Category B

    Category B fencers have an impairment that impacts their legs as well as their trunk or their fencing arm. Some of the fencers, for example, have incomplete tetraplegia. You will see them support their trunk movements with their non-fencing arm to effectively attack the opponent.

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