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Canada already has medals in S10 and C4 events in Tokyo — but what does that mean?


Canada won its first two medals of the Tokyo Paralympics in Japan on Wednesday.

First, track cyclist Keely Shaw earned bronze in the C4 3,000-metre individual pursuit. Then, Aurélie Rivard swam to the same medal in the S10 50m freestyle.

That’s mostly straightforward — two medals, and the Games aren’t even 24 hours old — but what are those letter/number modifiers that precede the event name?

The simple answer is that they indicate classification. There are 10 impairments that make athletes eligible to compete in the Paralympics — eight are physical, one is visual and one is intellectual.

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