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Aleksander Kossakowski

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Krzysztof Wasilewski

Further personal information

Residence
Radom, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Tourism - Jan Kochanowski University: Kielce, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2010 in Kielce, Poland.
Why this sport?
"It all started when I was in middle school. I was causing trouble so my father decided to send me to an athletics camp as some kind of socialisation or punishment exercise. They gave me a hard time there, but when I came back I started running of my own initiative."
Club / Team
START Radom: Poland
Name of coach
Jacek Szczygiel [club], POL

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Poland

General interest

Nicknames
Aleczek, Alek, Olek (athletemanagement.pl, 2016; ezachodnia.pl, 17 Nov 2015; kuratorium.kielce.pl, 19 Mar 2013)
Hobbies
Playing the guitar, listening to audio books. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze medals in the T11 1500m at the world championships in 2019 and 2017. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Apr 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish middle-distance runner Marcin Lewandowski. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2020 he struggled with an Achilles injury that affected his training. (Odkryj Swoje Emocje on Spotify, 01 Nov 2020; Instagram profile, 13 May 2020)

He did not compete in the 1500m race at the 2013 Polish national championships because of an ankle injury. (start-kielce.com, 30 Jun 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before his races. (echodnia.eu, 27 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Best Para Athlete for the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship province in Poland. (kielce.pl, 02 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Odkryj Swoje Emocje on Spotify, 01 Nov 2020; abczdrowie.pl, 15 Feb 2020)
Impairment
At age six he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative vision impairment. (zusmiechem.org, 01 Jan 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-30 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-11 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-18 3
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-21 3