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Asian Para Games: Visually impaired sprinters, guides run as one

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  02:24 am

Hear my voice: China’s Mao De Yi (right) the running guide for Di Dongdong led his charge to victory in the men’s 400 meters T11 (visual impairment) race at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.(INAPGOC/Herka Yanis Pangaribowo)People unfamiliar with blind running may be surprised to see that the athletes are accompanied by a guide, who runs alongside them.

At the 2018 Asian Para Games, sprinters in the T11 and T12 (visually impaired) categories are competing with their guides.

Tethered to each other by the arm, both guide and sprinter must coordinate their movement while racing to be the fastest. A clash or fall could happen at any time if they are not able to harmonize their movements.

The guide is not allowed to pull the athlete during the race. The athlete must cross the finish line before the guide.

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