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KIM Gyu Dae
Sport Para athletics
NPC Korea   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthTongyeong, KOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Korean
Higher education
Astronomy - Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago, IL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2006.
Why this sport?
He became interested in the sport after watching a wheelchair marathon on television while he was in hospital.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Korean wheelchair racer Hong Suk-Man. (naver.com, 16 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was given the Excellent Para Athlete of the Year Award at the Korean Athletics Awards. (news.joins.com, 13 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2013 Para Athlete of the Year by the Korea Athletics Federation for the Disabled. (hansannews.com, 24 Jan 2014)

He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (sportsq.co.kr, 18 Oct 2014)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries after his parachute failed to open while he was training in the Korean special forces in 2004. (koreatimes.net, 25 Apr 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He was named as one of the seven members of the new Athletes Advisory Group [AAG] by World Para Athletics in 2017. He is due to serve in the position until 2021. (able.kbs.co.kr, 02 Aug 2017; paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2017)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
He became the first Korean wheelchair racer to win a gold medal at the world championships when he claimed victory in the T54 800m at the 2013 edition in Lyon, France. He was also the first Korean wheelchair marathoner to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, finishing in third place at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (segye.com, 30 Apr 2017; ssad.or.kr, 23 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54  
19 2008 400m T54 50.35
10 2008 200m T54 26.12
4 2008 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
6 2012 5000m T54 11:08.95
3 2012 1500m T54 3:12.57
4 2012 800m T54 1:39.03
4 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:13.82
7 2012 Marathon T54 1:31:32
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 10:37.92
Round 1 2016 1500m T54 3:05.86
3 2016 800m T54 1:34.98
4 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
3 2016 Marathon T54 1:30:08
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 400m T54 47.57
1 2013 800m T54 1:37.55
6 2013 1500m T54 3:10.03
3 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:15.21
6 2013 Marathon T54 1:34:48