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Abassia Rahmani

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62, F62

Further personal information

Residence
Winterthur, SUI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
German Paralympian Heinrich Popow gave her tips on getting into the sport. "I met a Paralympic athlete who encouraged me to do sport with prostheses. They felt great from the beginning. After my first real competition, it was clear to me that I wanted to become a professional [Para] athlete."
Club / Team
LV Winterthur : Switzerland

General interest

Nicknames
Swiss Blade Runner, Gazelle (abassia-rahmani.com, 01 July 2018; lvw.ch, 16 Aug 2016)
Hobbies
Travelling, reading, music, concerts, action sports, spending time with friends. (abassia-rahmani.com, 01 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the T44 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (blick.ch, 27 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She had a knee injury in early 2017 which disrupted her preparation for the world championships that year. (landbote.ch, 13 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Having a disability does not make one 'inspirational'. However, hard work, perseverance and determination does." (abassia-rahmani.com, 01 July 2018)
Awards and honours
She was presented the 2020 Swiss Diversity Award in the sport category in Switzerland. (zueriost.ch, 09 Sep 2020; swissparalympic.ch, 07 Sep 2020)

She was named 2016 Athlete of the Year in Winterthur, Switzerland. (zueriost.ch, 02 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games, and to study sports management. (myhandicap.ch, 01 Sep 2018)
Impairment
In 2009 both her lower legs had to be amputated due to a meningococcal infection. (abassia-rahmani.com, 01 Jan 2021)
Other information
GOING FULL-TIME
In August 2018 she became a full-time athlete, giving up her part-time job as a clerk. She moved from Wila to Winterthur so that she could train at any time of day. "Achieving big things requires a great deal of risk. I save so many hours in the car not driving back and forth [to Winterthur]." (landbote.ch, 15 May 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-14 2
Women's 200 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-17 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-16 4
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-17 10
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-22 6
Women's 200 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-23 6