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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Swimming at Paralympics — Rules, Schedule, Indian Contingent, and All you need to know

Here are all the rules and details you need to know about swimming at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Para Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan
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Niranjan Mukundan

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C.C. Chengappa

Updated: 2021-08-17T22:38:25+05:30

The swimming events are classified into three different sections based on specific disabilities of para-swimmers

The main classifications are:
S-Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly
SB-Backstroke
SM-Individual Medley


The sub-divided classification for swimming is done based on 14 different categories.

S1- S10 is for all athletes who have physical impairments

S11-S13 is for athletes who have visual impairments

S 14 is a category meant solely for athletes with intellectual disabilities and impairments.

The detailed division is as follows-

S1- Swimmers who have lost muscular power and who use wheelchairs

S2- Swimmers who are dependent on their upper body/arms to propel them through water and have limited use of legs and hands

S3- Swimmers who have amputations on their limbs, have physical coordination problems and only use their arms to swim

S4-Swimmers who have three amputated limbs or who cannot use their legs to swim but have sensation in their upper body

S5-Swimmers with paraplegia, hemiplegia or who have dwarfism/short height

S6-Swimmers with short height, amputations on certain limbs or physical coordination problems.

S7- Swimmers with full control of their arms but have amputations/paralysis on one side of their body with differing functions of the leg.

S8-Swimmers with a single amputation with problems in movement in the lower half of the body such has the knee and ankle joints

S9- Swimmers with join movement problems on one or both legs

S10-Swimmers with other physical impairments considered minor such as loss of one hand or leg

S11- Swimmers with serious visual impairments(severe to complete blindness) and who require the use of blackened goggles to compete. They are guided by tappers throughout the race.

S12- Swimmers with moderate visual impairments and can opt to use a tapper to guide them. Their sight is restricted to a close proximity of 5 degrees.

S13- Swimmers with relatively minor visual impairment who can also opt to use a tapper.

S14- Swimmers with intellectual impairment.


Indian Participants:

Men's 50m Butterfly
S-7 Suyash Jadhav and Niranjan Mukundan- 3rd September 2021 5:30 am approx.
Men's 200m Individual Medely
SM-7 Suyash Jadhav- 27th August 2021 5:30 am approx.

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