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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