COMPARISON OF MEN'S AND WOMEIU'S 100 M FREESTYLE PERFORMANCES AT THE 1996 PARALYMPIC GAMES
Keywords: disability swimming, paralympics, freestyle
AbstractSwimming competition for persons with a loco-motor disability is organised according to a functional classification system. One manner of checking the validity of this system is to compare the race results of men and women, in this case for the 100 m freestyle at the 1996 Paralympic Games. Men swam faster than women and had longer stroke lengths but no differences in stroke rate. Starting and turning ability did not differ. Women finished faster. In general the pattern of differences between Olympic and Paralympic swimmers and among classes was similar in men and women, supporting the validity of the functional classification system used for freestyle.
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