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FREI Heinz
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC Switzerland   
GenderMen
Age61
Place of BirthNiederbipp, SUI
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Rita, children Jan and Tamara
Residence
Oberbipp, SUI
Languages
French, German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1980 at age 22.
Why this sport?
"I loved the sport before my accident and I missed it very, very much."
Club / Team
RC Solothurn : Switzerland
Name of coach
Daniel Hirs [national], SUI
Training Regime
He trains between 400 and 500 kilometres in a normal training week.
Senior International Debut
Year
1982
Competing for
Switzerland
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Hene (Athlete, 16 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Playing sports, spending time with family, travelling. (swissparalympic.ch, 23 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, at age 50. (spiegel.de, 01 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Andre Viger. (Athlete, 16 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up in a race or in life." (topendwheelchair.com, 2013)
Awards and honours
He has been named Para Athlete of the Year in Switzerland in 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008 and 2009. (credit-suisse-sports-awards.ch, 2017)
Other sports
He competed in athletics at each Paralympic Games from 1984 to 2016, and in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1998 and 2006. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Sep 2016)
Impairment
In 1978 he was involved in an accident while running in the mountains. (schweizer-illustrierte.ch, 09 Oct 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 1984 1500m 2 4:29.93
3 1984 400m 2 1:09.3
1 1984 5000m 2 15:30.15
2 1984 800m 2 2:26.88
1 1984 Marathon 2 1:58:52.00
1 1988 10000m 2 27:27.07
1 1988 1500m 2 3:45.34
2 1988 5000m 2 13:23.29
2 1988 800m 2 2:00.93
2 1992 10000m TW3-4  
3 1992 4 x 100m Relay TW3-4  
1 1992 5000m TW3-4 11:10.41
1 1992 800m TW3 1:44.83
1 1992 Marathon TW3-4 1:30:15.00
2 1996 800m T52 1:41.76 
Semifinal 1996 4 x 100m Relay T52-53 55.61
1 1996 10000m T52-53 21:58.31 
1 1996 1500m T52-53 3:05.52 
2 1996 4 x 400m Relay T52-53 3:16.46 
3 1996 Marathon T52-53 1:32:42 
3 2000 10000m T54 21:34.00
5 2000 1500m T54 3:12.28
4 2000 4 x 400m Relay T54 3:31.06
6 2000 400m T53 53.22
Semifinal 2000 5000m T54 11:12.02
1 2000 800m T53 1:44.01
3 2000 Marathon T54 1:29:29
10 2004 400m T53 53.44 
6 2004 800m T53 1:40.11 
11 2004 5000m T54 10:26.64 
7 2004 10000m T54 20:53.95 
6 2004 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:19.23 
7 2004 Marathon T54 1:32:04 
12 2008 5000m T54 10:23.24
6 2008 800m T53 1:37.68
14 2008 Marathon T54 1:25:43
11 2012 Marathon T54 1:33:06
17 2016 Marathon T54 1:40:29
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 1994 5000m T53 11:13.59
1 1994 Marathon T53 1:22:12
2 1994 800m T52 1:46.47
3 1994 4 x 400m Relay T52-53 3:27.26
1 1998 400m T54 52.90
1 1998 800m T54 1:47.98
6 1998 10000m T55 21:47.37
1 1998 Marathon T55 1:32:25
2 1998 4 x 400m Relay T54-55 3:25.39
2 2002 800m T53 1:47.73
8 2002 5000m T54 11:15.22
5 2002 10000m T54 22:30.65
4 2002 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 58.39
1 2002 Marathon T54 1:27:58
2 2006 800m T53 1:47.93
5 2006 1500m T54 3:16.26
9 2006 5000m T54 11:23.16
3 2006 10000m T54 23:07.24
6 2006 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:33.50
2 2006 Marathon T54 1:28:17
2 2011 Marathon T54 1:31:09
4 2013 Marathon T54 1:32:27
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 HCB - Time Trial 29.62
14 2006 HCB - Road Race 1:22:26
2 2007 HCB - Time Trial 17:11
4 2007 HCB - Road Race 1:31:55
3 2009 HCB - Time Trial 31:35
1 2009 HCB - Road Race 1:40.39
1 2009 Handbike Team Relay 50:29.07
2 2010 H2 - Time Trial 20:00
2 2010 H2 - Road Race 1:31:19
6 2011 H2 - Time Trial 24:56
4 2011 H2 - Road Race 1:40:19
2 2013 H2 - Time Trial 29:02
2 2013 H2 - Road Race 1:46:09
4 2013 Team Relay 42:40
3 2014 Team Relay 36:01
1 2014 H3 - Time Trial 25:54
2 2014 H3 - Road Race 1:40:25
3 2015 Team Relay 32:45
2 2015 H3 - Time Trial 30:43
2 2015 H3 - Road Race 1:36:47
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 5km - Sitting LW10 22:02.3
3 1998 10km - Sitting LW10 46:12.0
3 1998 15km - Sitting LW10-12 59:43.8
22 2006 5km - Sitting 21:07.9
17 2006 10km - Sitting 33:54.5
20 2006 15km - Sitting 55:12.9
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 HCB - Road Race  
1 2008 HCB - Time Trial  
1 2012 H2 - Time Trial 26:52.39
5 2012 H2 - Road Race 1:38:19
3 2012 Team Relay 30:58.00
4 2016 H3 - Time Trial 29:27.13
7 2016 H3 - Road Race 1:34:29
4 2016 Team Relay 34.19
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 5000m T54 11:19.65
3 2016 800m T53 1:44.48
9 2016 1500m T54 3:22.62
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:33:23