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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
Higher education
Safety Science - HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight in 2007 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
De Dolfijn: Amsterdam, NED
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains for 20 hours a week in the pool, in addition to five hours on land and four hours of strength training.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning one bronze and one silver at both the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Going for gold despite limitation." (, 15 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received a gold medal from the municipality of Hoorn in the Netherlands. He previously received an honorary medal and a bronze medal in 2019 from the municipality. (, 01 Oct 2021)
Other sports
He has won gold medals in able-bodied open water swimming at national level in the Netherlands. (, 17 Aug 2016; Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (, 16 Sep 2021)
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 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 [2020] Paralympic Games so that I can fully focus on swimming." He went on to claim silver in the S10 400m freestyle and bronze in the SM10 200m individual medley at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 31 Aug 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2022)

He has served as a member of the Athletes' Committee of the Dutch Swimming Federation [KNZB]. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)


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