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DUPONT Alexandre
Sport Para athletics
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthSaint-Rémi, CAN
Height1.78 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Ilana, daughter Amelia
Residence
Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, QC, CAN
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
French, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing at age 18, after recovering from the loss of his leg. Prior to that, he admits he was not into sport growing up. "It's hard to believe today, but I was anything but sporty before. I was even a little paunchy."
Why this sport?
He saw wheelchair racing on television and contacted the Quebec Wheelchair Sports Association in Canada. The organisation introduced him to wheelchair sprinter Daniel Normandin, who encouraged him to pursue the sport. "I watched the Olympics on television and there was a wheelchair race demonstration with Chantal Petitclerc and Diane Roy. I do not know exactly why, but I automatically fell in love. That was what I wanted to do!"
Club / Team
St-Laurent Select Athletics Club: Canada
Name of coach
Rick Reelie [personal], CAN
Training Regime
He and his wife train together in a gym in their basement, often in the evening after their daughter has gone to bed.
General Interest
Nicknames
Alex (actionsportsmanagement.ca, 26 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Wheelchair Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canada. (athletics.ca, 27 Mar 2015)
Famous relatives
His wife Ilana won a silver and bronze medal in Para athletics at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (toronto2015.org, 14 Aug 2015)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated after he was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 17. He spent six months in hospital learning how to walk again. (cyclonesroadandtrack.com, 14 Sep 2010; coupdoeil.info, 23 Feb 2017)
Other information
BUSINESS
He owns Revolution Sport Equipment, a company that manufactures specialist equipment for wheelchair racers, including many of his competitors. Before his accident he was an electrician. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 01 Sep 2016; nyrr.org, 19 Mar 2017)

GOING THE DISTANCE
Speaking in 2017, he said he was moving towards longer distance races. "I want to do marathons and longer distances. I've been racing for about 12 years now, having been a shorter-distance guy. I'm growing out of it now, getting a little older, and I like the longer distances much better. I'm not super good at it yet, but that's what I want to do. I want to train myself hard and become one of the best." (nyrr.org, 19 Mar 2017)

RIO RE-RACE
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he was part of the Canadian team that won bronze in the T53/T54 4x400m relay, but only after the final was re-run due to an error by race officials, who had confused the Canadian and Korean teams, resulting in the Canadian team being assigned to the wrong lane. After initially finishing outside the medals, the Canadian team launched a successful protest and the final was re-run. "We had the best race of our lives. We broke the Canadian record and won the bronze." (coupdoeil.info, 23 Feb 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 5000m T54 11:31.10
Round 1 2012 800m T54 1:39.73
Round 1 2012 400m T54 51.17
Round 1 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:17.50
Round 1 2016 400m T54 49.28
Round 1 2016 1500m T54 3:10.28
Round 1 2016 800m T54 1:40.37
3 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:08.00
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
17 2011 800m T54 1:42.69
25 2011 200m T54 29.72
17 2011 400m T54 51.14
3 2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:29.94
Semifinal 2013 400m T54 49.49
Semifinal 2013 800m T54 1:38.22
Semifinal 2013 5000m T54 10:59.34
1 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:11.33
13 2015 1500m T54 3:12.77
Heats 2015 400m T54 49.42
Semifinal 2015 800m T54 1:42.13
20 2017 1500m T54 3:15.30
14 2017 400m T54 48.90
10 2017 800m T54 1:37.40
15 2017 5000m T54 11:56.18
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 1500m T54 3:23.62
1 2018 1500m T54 3:11.75
5 2018 Marathon T54 1:36:44