TQ3884 : Paralympics swimmers helped before the start

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Paralympics swimmers helped before the start
Paralympics swimmers helped before the start
These are competitors in the men's 50 metre backstroke S4 race. To reach the start some use wheelchairs. Some are helped into the water, either by their starting blocks or by steps at the side of the pool, and some are held in their starting positions. Once they have started they are elite athletes racing to a thrilling finish - where they are helped out of the water.
Paralympics swimming
In the paralympics swimming races there are classes for physically and visually disabled competitors. There are a number of different classifications, depending on the degree of disability; the system gives close competition even between people with quite different disabilities which affect their performance to the same degree. Competitors are helped in various ways, some being helped onto the starting block, others being helped into and out of the water. Blind swimmers have helpers who tap them just before they turn or finish.
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Thursday, 6 September, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 11 September, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 380 842 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.4166N 0:0.6554W
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