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Christos Kapellas

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Wife Areti Aggelidi, one daughter
Languages
English, Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002 in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
His grandmother introduced him to athletics coach Dimitris Sklavounos.

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Greece
Location
Finland

General interest

Hobbies
Hunting. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a European record in 2007. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dimitris Sklavounos. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US diver Greg Louganis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everyday life is a track. You strengthen yourself and overcome the obstacles. When I go up stairs, it is torturously slow to put one foot ahead of the other. But I do not give up. That's how I succeeded as an athlete. With persistence, patience and will." (gr.olbios.gr, 19 Jan 2016)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1999, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. "Everything happened in a flash, and the only thing that kept me alive was my family. The faces of my mother and brother were constantly in front of me. I was thinking, 'How will they cope without me?' I stayed awake many nights. I cried, I was in pain. I could feel every inch of my amputated leg. Even now I often feel my big toe, or my foot hurts. I still live with ghosts. My family's love gave me and gives me the strength to stand up, to fight, to take life into my own hands again." (thespotlight.gr, 11 Nov 2016; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; antapokritis.wordpress.com, 30 Sep 2011; onsports.gr, 29 Oct 2011)
Other information
BECOMING A FATHER AFTER RIO
He said that competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was made especially memorable as his daughter was born shortly after the Games. "I experienced two of the most important events in my life. One was to do well in competition at the Paralympic Games, and the other was to get back home for the birth of my daughter." (thespotlight.gr, 20 Nov 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 9
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-23 6
Men's Long Jump T44 WR Attempt 2015-10-23 6
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-17 7