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Antti Antero Latikka

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Rovaniemi, FIN
Occupation
Student
Languages
Finnish, German, Swedish, English
Higher education
Sports Management - Lapland University of Applied Sciences: Rovaniemi, FIN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
Swimming challenged him and he loved the feeling of freedom he got from being in the water.
Club / Team
SC Rovaniemi: Finland
Name of coach
Gerd Buttner [personal], FIN, from 2016
Training Regime
He trains at the Lapland Sports Institute in Rovaniemi, Finland.

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Finland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing, CHN

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, playing with a Rubik's cube. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in the S13 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Helen Ovaska. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish Para judoka Jani Kallunki. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He injured his right shoulder and suffered from a head injury in 2009. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Love what you do but hate the moment when you lose." (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Sports Association for People with Impairments [VAU]. (yle.fi, 18 Jan 2017)

He was named the 2012 Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Swimming Association. (lansivayla.fi, 27 Dec 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lapinurheiluakatemia.fi, 27 Feb 2017)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied physical education at the Lapland Sports Institute in Rovaniemi, Finland. (lapinurheiluakatemia.fi, 27 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 3 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2012-09-03 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2012-09-03 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-13 12
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2015-07-15 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-18 9999
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2015-07-19 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2016-09-10 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-14 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2017-12-04 9999
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2017-12-06 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2017-12-06 4