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KEITA Nantenin
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthBamako, MLI
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Human Resources
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1998 at school.
Why this sport?
She liked sports and the feeling of victory. She first tried handball and basketball but had to stop because of her visual impairment. A teacher then invited her to try Para athletics.
Club / Team
Racing Club de France Issy Avia: France
Training Regime
She trains three times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
France
General Interest
Nicknames
Nanto (afrique.lepoint.fr, 16 Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Listening to music, dancing, watching movies. (Facebook page, 20 May 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 200m and bronze in the 400m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015).
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Michael Johnson, French wheelchair racer Nicolas Brignone. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
She was affected by several injuries in the three years leading up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (handisport.tv, 09 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named a Knight of the Legion of Honour by the French president. (cpsf.france-paralympique.fr, 01 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father Salif Keita is a Malian musician and a descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. (afroziky.com, 02 Feb 2014; assatashakur.org, 30 Oct 2007)
Impairment
She was born with albinism. Her father also has the condition. (afroziky.com, 02 Feb 2014)
Other information
PARIS 2024
In 2018 she was selected to serve on the board of directors for the organising committee of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. (rfi.fr, 02 Mar 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as president of her father's charity, The Salif Keita Global Foundation. The organisation aims to help people in Africa with albinism to overcome the difficulties that they face. (afroziky.com, 02 Feb 2014; lehubsante.com, 26 Nov 2015)

FROM MALI TO FRANCE
Born in Bamako, Mali, her father took her to France when she was age two so that they could escape the abuse they received due to their albinism. (Facebook page, 20 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 400m T13 56.28
4 2008 Long Jump F13 5.49
2 2008 200m T13 25.51
4 2008 100m T13 12.57
4 2012 400m T13 57.64
3 2012 100m T13 12.47
5 2016 100m T13 12.36
1 2016 400m T13 55.78
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 100m T13 13.18
2 2002 400m T13 1:02.29
5 2002 Long Jump F13 4.93
2 2006 100m T13 12.56
1 2006 200m T13 25.93
1 2006 400m T13 58.78
6 2006 Long Jump F13 5.13
3 2011 100m T13 12.87
5 2011 200m T13 26.03
4 2011 400m T13 58.00
1 2015 400m T13 56.63
2 2015 100m T13 12.53
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 400m T13 59.46
1 2016 200m T13 25.69
1 2016 400m T13 56.30