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Bas Takken



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Hoorn, NED
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight at Hoorn Swim Club in the Netherlands.
Why this sport?
He has been interested in sport from an early age, and tried gymnastics as a toddler. He began swimming competitively at age eight after joining Hoorn Swim Club, and soon won medals at regional competitions in the Netherlands. He also enjoys open water swimming. "I love being in the water. It gives me a feeling of freedom."
Club / Team
Zwemvereniging de Dolfijn: Amsterdam, NED
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains for up to 30 hours a week.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Going for gold despite limitation." (, 15 Jan 2020)
Other sports
He has won gold medals in open water swimming at national level in the Netherlands. (, 17 Aug 2016)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 31 Aug 2018)
He was born with a foot impairment that affects the strength in his legs and the straightness of his spinal cord. (, 15 Jan 2020;, 14 Apr 2016)
Other information
Having placed fourth in the S10 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro while he was still a student, he has decided to train full-time ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "[Just missing out on bronze] was the sign for me to pursue my ultimate dream, to achieve a gold medal in the 400m freestyle. To make it come true I have made sacrifices in all sorts of areas. For example even though I have obtained my higher education diploma, I will not continue studying any further until the Paralympic Games [in 2020] so that I can fully focus on swimming." (, 31 Aug 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2016-09-11 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-13 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-15 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-15 4