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Basile Meunier

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Jamoigne, BEL
Occupation
Construction Worker
Languages
French
Higher education
Construction, Landscape Architecture - Catholic University of Leuven: Belgium

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1997 in Jamoigne, Belgium. He began competing in 2000.
Why this sport?
"When I was a child I could not ride a bike because I was unable to pedal, so to follow my friends I ran. In school, we had two hours of sport per week. The boys played football and I ran. One day the teacher organised a race and nobody was able to beat me."

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Hobbies
French bowling, travelling, gardening. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the T38 1500m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Denis Golerin. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2009 he received a Sports Merit Award in Chiny, Belgium. (lalibre.be, 22 Dec 2009)
Other sports
He has competed in cross-country running at national level. (chronorace.be, 11 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He has hemiplegia. "I was born prematurely and, due to breathing problems, my brain did not get enough blood. I have frontal lesions, which affect language development. I also have motor skills problems and my leg muscles have mild atrophy." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; lavenir.net, 01 Mar 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-24 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 1 2015-10-23 17
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-30 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T38 Final Round 2016-09-10 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 2 2017-07-14 17
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 10