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Alexandra Stamatopoulou

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Piraeus, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2011 in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as part of her rehabilitation. "When my illness became more intense, I had to go to a healing pool to keep my muscles well. So then I started swimming. My therapist at the time wanted me to try competing. At first, I saw it more like a game, so I did not realise the seriousness and responsibility of being an athlete. But it all changed when I won my first race. I became eager to improve on a competitive level."
Club / Team
Tyrtaios: Greece
Name of coach
Michalis Nikopoulos [club], GRE

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Hobbies
Dancing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; paralympics.org, 19 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Michalis Nikopoulos. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Greek artistic gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Relax and be healthy." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 and 2019 Female Para Athlete of the Year by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Journalists. (cnn.gr, 12 Dec 2018; Instagram profile, 16 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nooz.gr, 23 Jul 2019; documentonews.gr, 12 Sep 2020)
Impairment
At age 14 she was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome [SPS], a neurological condition in which the muscles stiffen as they do not eliminate lactic acid. "The diagnosis was ultimately relieving, because I had so many bad symptoms but we didn't know what the condition was. I was not disappointed. I felt that since I finally knew what the disease was, I had to deal with it the right way." (cnn.gr, 12 Dec 2018; athina984.gr, 08 Sep 2016; womensports.gr, 31 Aug 2014)
Other information
CLASSIFICATION CHANGE
Her classification was switched in 2019. "I changed from S3 to S4 class because several facts were taken into consideration. One of which was my physical condition, I felt I could not cope with the abilities of my competitors. The truth is I'm still trying to assimilate to the new conditions." (peopleofgreece.gr, 12 Feb 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 7
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2015-07-14 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-14 6
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2015-07-18 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2016-09-09 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2016-09-10 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2017-12-03 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 4