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Triathlete’s Guide to the Paralympics

It's time for the Tokyo Paralympics—and we have everything you need to know about the paratri races happening and who to watch.

Four categories will compete on Aug. 28 and four will compete on Aug. 29. Full details on race times and how to watch here.

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How to Watch Paralympics Triathlon


This weekend, paratriathlon will take center stage at the Paralympics in Tokyo. The sport made its debut in Rio, and on Saturday and Sunday morning local time—Friday and Saturday evening in the U.S.—athletes will swim, bike, and run to compete for medals again across eight different categories.

Watch the PTS4 men, PTS2 women, and PTVI men and women on Aug. 28 at 6:30 a.m. local time (Friday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET). And the PTWC men and women, and PTS5 men and women on Aug. 29 at 6:30 a.m. local time (Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET in the U.S.).

How to Watch the Paralympics

In the U.S., the Paralympics are being aired on NBC and NBC’s affiliate channels—much like the Olympics were. The triathlon races, specifically, are slotted to run on the Olympic Channel on Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET in the U.S. If you get the Olympic Channel, that will be the best and easiest place to watch.

The paratri races will also stream on NBCOlympics.com—though you will need a cable provider to log in—and you may be able to catch highlights on NBC’s steaming platform Peacock.

You can also tune in to Facebook before and after the races for a pre- and post-race show hosted by USA Triathlon. Experts Bob Babbitt, Patty Collins, and Aaron Scheidies will be providing commentary and analysis. The show will start at 4:45 ET on Friday and Saturday.

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