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STEFANOUDAKIS Manolis
Sport Para athletics
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthHeraklion, GRE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Georgia
Residence
Heraklion, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2009 in Moires, Greece, and began competing in the sport one year later.
Why this sport?
He initially tried Para swimming but the lack of facilities for athletes with an impairment meant he switched to Para athletics. He saw the sport as a way of improving his health and changing his life.
Club / Team
Megalonissos Crete: Heraklion, GRE
Name of coach
Ippokratis Skatzakis
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Greece
General Interest
Hobbies
Safaris, enduro racing. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F54 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Greek Para swimmer Georgios Kapellakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Greek Para swimmer Georgios Kapellakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Greece at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

He was named the 2015 Male Para Athlete of the Year by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press [PSAT] in Greece. (paralympic.org, 04 Jan 2016)

The municipal stadium in the city of Phaistos, Greece, was named after him in recognition of his performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (kritinea.gr, 11 Nov 2012)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a traffic accident in April 2007. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; patris.gr, 11 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
17 2012 Shot Put F54-56 7.91
3 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 27.37
1 2016 Javelin Throw F54 29.45
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 27.70
14 2013 Shot Put F54/55 7.83
1 2015 Javelin Throw F54 28.45
1 2017 Javelin Throw F54 29.51
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Javelin Throw F54 26.88
2 2016 Javelin Throw F54 28.96
2 2018 Javelin Throw F54 28.10