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BENSUSAN Irmgard
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthCenturion, SAF
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T44, F44
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Languages
Afrikaans, English, German
Higher education
Accounting - University of Johannesburg: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began running at age four in South Africa.
Why this sport?
She followed her sister into the sport. After her accident she wanted to return to running so she took up Para athletics.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Willi Gernemann [national]; Stefan Press [club], from 2018
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Swansea, WAL
General Interest
Nicknames
Irmchen (Facebook profile, 31 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T44 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
South African Para swimmer Natalie Du Toit. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In 2017 she was sidelined for six weeks due to a foot injury. She recovered in time to compete at that year's world championships in London, England, where she won gold in the T44 400m. (eurosport.de, 16 Jul 2017; wdr.de, 12 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Run with your heart not your legs." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other sports
She represented South Africa in able-bodied athletics before her injury in 2009. (sport1.de, 28 Oct 2015)
Impairment
In 2009 she tore a nerve in her right knee while competing in hurdles. Her leg is now paralysed below the knee. (northcliffmelvilletimes.co.za, 02 Apr 2015; deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 12 Feb 2015)
Other information
FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO GERMANY
Having previously represented South Africa, she began competing for Germany after she was unable to attain classification as a Para athlete from the South African Paralympic Committee. She is eligible to represent Germany through her mother. (sport1.de, 28 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 400m T44 59.62
2 2016 200m T44 26.90
2 2016 100m T44 13.04
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 200m T44 27.33
2 2015 400m T44 1:03.27
Heats 2015 100m T44  DNS
1 2017 400m T44 1:02.33
4 2017 100m T44 13.35
2 2017 200m T44 27.13
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m T44 13.39
2 2014 200m T44 13.39
2 2014 400m T44 1:01.85
1 2016 200m T44 27.70
2 2016 400m T44 1:02.71
1 2016 100m T44 13.60
2 2018 100m T64 13.09
2 2018 200m T64 26.84