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GOBBI Samuele
Sport Para athletics
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthDolo, ITA
Height1.80 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Piove di Sacco, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Technician
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Hospitality Management, Tourism: Adria, ITA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began in 2007 in Padua, Italy.
Why this sport?
While he was preparing his prosthesis he met Paralympic athletics coach, Alessandro Curis, who invited him to try the sport. He did and found he liked it.
Club / Team
ASPEA Padova: Italy
Name of coach
Gianfranco Sommaggio [club], Mario Poletti [national]
Coach from which country?
Italy
Training Regime
He trains three hours a day.
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing
General Interest
Nicknames
His family call him 'Sam', teammates call him 'Jeeg Robot' from a Japanese cartoon, due to his prosthetic arms. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Hobbies
Reading, Christian music and computers. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and winning two bronze medals at the 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Most influential person in career
His coach, Gianfranco Sommaggio and physiotherapist, Giuliana Fiscon. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol
US basketball great Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before starting off the blocks, he always makes the sign of a cross while holding a necklace his late mother gave him. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never back down." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
18 2008 200m T46 23.70
12 2008 400m T46 51.60
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 200m T46 23.17
7 2013 400m T46 53.57