1618-Alexander Pototschnig photo

Alexander Pototschnig



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T47, F46

Further personal information

English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to be faster than anyone else."
Club / Team
Lower Austria Para Sports Association [NOVSV]: Austria
Training Regime
He trains up to two hours a day.

General interest

Alex (Facebook profile, 27 Apr 2017)
Cars. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T47 400m at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, and competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Herwig Grunsteidl. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
He sustained a thigh injury in 2018. (, 29 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Junior Para Athlete of the Year by the Vienna Athletics Federation in Austria. (, 05 Dec 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para alpine skiing at national youth level in Austria. (, 10 Feb 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 30 Oct 2019)
He was born without the lower part of his right arm. (, 15 Mar 2018)
Other information
He works as a service technician for German prosthetics company Ottobock. (, 12 Oct 2020;, 01 Jan 2018; Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)


Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T47 Heat 2 2017-07-18 5
Men's 400 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-19 6
Men's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2017-07-21 8
Men's 200 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-22 7