Sport : Fencing
Event : Wheelchair Tennis
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|Competed for in Athens between wheelchair athletes divided - depending upon degree of trunk balance and fencing hand function - into 2 classifications. Class A is for full trunk and hand movement, B for fencer's with limited trunk balance.
Each classification competes in both Men's and Women's events in the 'Foil' and 'Epée' style, while 'Sabre' is just a Men's event. All 3 disciplines require the fencers' chair to be fixed to the floor,preventing any chair movement. The athletes may not use their legs or rise from seating position during the bout.
|The angle of fix is determined by the 'en guarde' position (see diag left). The 'piste' is the same as standard olympic fencing, ie 4m long by 1.5m wide
Fencers are wired to an electronic system which signals a hit. Points are scored by touching the opponent above the hip line. Individual bouts last 4 minutes, the highest score wins. In the Team event (3 fencers - at least 1 from class B), the winning team is the first to score 45 points. Between the 3 disciplines there are slight variations in the scoring method; more about the rules.
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