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JACHIMOWICZ Robert
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age51
Place of BirthKoszalin, POL
Height1.97 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Family
Sons Hubert and Wiktor
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999 at the START Koszalin club in Poland.
Why this sport?
"Sport is the best form of rehabilitation. It's another way to overcome our own limitations and difficulties."
Club / Team
START Koszalin: Poland
Name of coach
Aleksander Poplawski [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with family. (paralympic.org.pl, 01 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F52 discus throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (przegladsportowy.pl, 06 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family. (przegladsportowy.pl, 06 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (paralympic.org.pl, 01 Sep 2016)
Injuries
He injured his lateral abdominal muscle while competing at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. He went on to win gold at the event but had to go straight to hospital following the medal ceremony. (przegladsportowy.pl, 06 Sep 2016)

Injury affected his performance at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (szczecin.tvp.pl, 13 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was honoured with the Silver Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 03 Dec 2017)

He was named the 2015 Best Para Athlete in Koszalin, Poland. (koszalin.pl, 07 Mar 2016)
Impairment
He was involved in motorcycle accident, which resulted in paresis of his limbs. (przegladsportowy.pl, 06 Sep 2016; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
CLASSIFICATION PROBLEMS
Despite initially winning the F51 discus throw at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, he was disqualified following a dispute over his classification after he had already received his gold medal. He chose not to compete for 13 years after the Games, as he was unable to compete as an F52 classified athlete. In 2013 he regained his F52 classification and returned to competition. "I couldn't compete in my category, so I chose my wife, family, kids and work instead. I followed my colleagues' results but as soon as I watched the discus throw at the Paralympic Games, all the bad memories came back and I just couldn't stand that. I wanted to take part in competitions so badly, but I knew there was no chance for me to compete in my right class. But then they changed the rules, and I returned when I could compete in my actual category." (myinfo.rio2016.com, 08 Sep 2016; przegladsportowy.pl, 06 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2000 Discus Throw F51  DSQ
2 2016 Discus Throw F52 19.10
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2002 Shot Put F53  DNS
  2002 Discus Throw F53  DSQ
2 2015 Discus Throw F52 17.33
5 2017 Discus Throw F52 17.20
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Discus Throw F52 16.77
1 2016 Discus Throw F52 19.42
3 2018 Discus Throw F52 19.19