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Abel Ciorap



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T12, F12

Further personal information

Cluj-Napoca, ROU
English, Romanian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2011 while he was at school in Romania.
Why this sport?
"I chose this sport because of my parents and because I am addicted to sport in general. I chose it because it does not depend on someone else, I am on my own. If I do something wrong it is my fault. It is not like football where one person makes a mistake and the whole team suffers."

General interest

Boxing, reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing video games, camping, cycling. (Facebook profile, 19 Feb 2021; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a personal best in the 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The secret to a good race is intense workouts [in training], mentally preparing well, and adrenaline." (, 03 Jul 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in duathlon at national level in Romania. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His sister Naomi and his brother Samuel both represented Romania in swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Naomi also participated at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. His other two sisters Ana and Elisei have both competed in Para swimming at international level. (, 01 Jan 2017;, 11 Sep 2012;, 09 Sep 2012;, 08 Apr 2012)
Other information
He is one of seven children, five of whom have vision impairments. His father is also vision impaired. (, 31 Jul 2011;, 24 Aug 2009)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T13 Final 1 2013-07-22 8
Men's 400 m T13 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 12
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T12 Heat 2 2017-07-17 5
Men's 200 m T12 Heat 2 2017-07-19 11
Men's 200 m T12 Semifinal 3 2017-07-20 10