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IWANOW Sebastian
Sport Para swimming
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthBergisch Gladbach, FRG
Height1.50 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Berlin, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
German, English
Higher education
Sociology - Humboldt University of Berlin: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age six in Leverkusen, Germany. He began training seriously at age 10.
Why this sport?
His friends started swimming so he decided to take it up too.
Club / Team
SG Bayer: Germany
Name of coach
Jarbas in den Bosch [club], NED, from 2015; Ute Schinkitz [national], GER; Phillip Semechin [personal], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Germany
Location
Edmonton, AB, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Iwi (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Sports, going to the cinema. (tsvbayer04.de, 25 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S6 100m freestyle at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He had a shoulder injury in 2013 and was not able to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, as a result. It took him several months to recover. (ksta.de, 16 Apr 2014)

He struggled with a nagging shoulder strain during 2008, due to a partially torn tendon. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)

He fractured his ankle in the middle of 2007. (leverkusener-anzeiger.ksta.de, 12 Jun 2008)

He underwent back surgery to fix a slipped disc following the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and then suffered bursitis in his shoulder in 2005. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is important to follow your goals and to not stop after setbacks." (paralympic.org, 20 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
In November 2012 he received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] for winning a silver and bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (bundespraesident.de, 07 Nov 2012)
Impairment
He was born without kneecaps or shins. (sport.bayer.com, 17 Sep 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 50m Freestyle S6 32.30
6 2004 100m Freestyle S6 1:11.64
5 2004 400m Freestyle S6 5:38.16
8 2004 100m Backstroke S6 1:28.27
11 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  
11 2004 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  
10 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  
7 2008 50m Freestyle S6 32.79
9 2008 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.78
3 2012 100m Backstroke S6 1:15.95
6 2012 400m Freestyle S6 5:29.70
Heats 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:08.03
4 2012 50m Freestyle S6 30.83
2 2012 100m Freestyle S6 1:07.34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 50m Freestyle S6 32.70
3 2006 100m Freestyle S6 1:10.39
4 2006 400m Freestyle S6 5:29.14
5 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:09.61
5 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:42.47
4 2010 400m Freestyle S6 5:17.55
3 2010 50m Freestyle S6 30.74
6 2010 100m Backstroke S6 1:19.87
1 2010 100m Freestyle S6 1:07.09
Heats 2015 50m Butterfly S6 39.71
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S6 34.02
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM6  DNS
5 2015 100m Backstroke S6 1:20.22
3 2015 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.18
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 400m Freestyle S6 5:39.20
3 2014 50m Butterfly S6 36.71
1 2014 50m Freestyle S6 31.77
6 2014 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:26.14
2 2014 100m Freestyle S6 1:10.16
2 2014 100m Backstroke S6 1:20.37
3 2016 100m Backstroke S6 1:19.27
6 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.48
4 2016 50m Freestyle S6 32.25