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ASSOUMANI Arnaud
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthOrsay, FRA
Height1.85 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Political Science - Paris Institute of Political Studies: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started athletics in Angers, France at age 11. Prior to that he began swimming at age two when his mother enrolled him in a group designed to help the physical development of babies with an impairment. As he grew older he also played football, basketball and table tennis.
Why this sport?
He was impressed watching athletes 'pedal' through the air during their long jump, that he dreamed he could do the same.
Club / Team
Nantes Metropole Athletisme: France
Name of coach
Jean-Herve Stievenart [personal], FRA, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Monsieur Plus, The Man with the Golden Arm [because of the golden coloured prothesis he wears when competing], Jariath [his DJ name]. (athletisme-handisport.org, 19 Dec 2011; handicap.fr, 11 Apr 2014; lasueur.com, 16 Mar 2017)
Hobbies
Cinema, Samba, Brazilian music and playing the repinique [a Brazilian drum]. (arnaudassoumani.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Ethiopian long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, French athlete Ladji Doucoure. (Facebook page, 07 Mar 2016; Facebook page, 09 Feb 2017)
Injuries
In October 2016 he suffered from two patellar tendon fissures in his right leg. (Facebook page, 07 Oct 2016)

In January 2016 he suffered from plantar fasciitis, but was still able to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ouest-france.fr, 05 Sep 2016)

In June 2015 he suffered from a hamstring injury which resulted in him being unable to be selected for the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He completed his rehabilitation from the injury in late September that year. (Facebook page, 02 Sep 2015)

An Achilles tendon injury prevented him from competing in May 2014. (Facebook profile, 31 May 2014)

His preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London were disrupted by an Achilles tendon injury. (afrosomething.com, 19 Jul 2012)

In 2007 he had patella femoral syndrome for about 10 months. (arnaudassoumani.blogspot.com, 02 Oct 2008)

In March 2004 he fell on a fence while training, bruising his heel, and was told not to walk on it for a month. When he returned to training he felt back pain. It affected him during the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and he felt he was not able to perform at his best. (arnaudassoumani.blogspot.com, 02 Oct 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2008 he received the French Legion of Honour after his performances at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (insep.fr, 15 Apr 2016)
Famous relatives
His father was a basketball player and a football goalkeeper. His mother played volleyball at regional level. (arnaudassoumani.blogspot.com, 02 Oct 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (leparisien.fr, 17 May 2017; arnaudassoumani.com, 11 Nov 2015)
Impairment
He was born without a left forearm. (runinlive.com, 26 Feb 2010)
Other information
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
He was the first French Para athlete to win a medal at the French national able-bodied athletics championships. He won a bronze medal in long jump. (insep.fr, 15 Apr 2016)

MUSIC MAN
He enjoys making and performing music under the name Jariath. "I have sung since my teenage years. My songs are not autobiographical, but I incorporate the emotions I feel. It's an intimate thing to share." (leparisien.fr, 17 May 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In September 2012 he was selected as a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete's Council. He also has been the subject of a documentary called 'The Man with the Golden Arm', which is the name he gives to the prosthesis he uses during competitions. (ambafrance-km.org, 15 Oct 2012; insep.fr, 15 Apr 2016; leparisien.fr, 17 May 2017; LinkedIn profile, 26 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 High Jump F44/46 1.80 
3 2004 Long Jump F46 6.91 
7 2004 Triple Jump F46 12.84 
6 2008 200m T46 22.56
1 2008 Long Jump F46 7.23
5 2008 100m T46 11.34
4 2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 46.68
2 2012 Triple Jump F46 14.28
2 2012 Long Jump F46 7.13
  2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
Heats 2012 100m T46  DNS
3 2016 Long Jump T47 7.11
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 Long Jump F46 6.77
1 2011 Long Jump F46 7.58
3 2011 100m T46 11.18
3 2013 Long Jump T46 6.77
Semifinal 2013 100m T46 15.65
5 2013 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.84
2 2017 Long Jump T47 7.13