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Clavel Kayitare

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42, F42

Further personal information

Family
Partner Victoria Torres
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Sports Teacher
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 14 in France.
Why this sport?
He began practising sport as a form of rehabilitation. He tried a number of sports before he was encouraged to get involved in athletics by a tutor. He was later inspired to take it up as a profession when he had the chance to see the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. "There I saw [French Para athletes] Pierre Fairbank, Thierry Cibone, Stephane Bozzolo. They gave me the desire to try it. Para athletics is one of the most beautiful sports."
Training Regime
He trains two hours a day. He does physical workouts near Manosque, France, and completes track sessions in Pertuis, France.

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
France

General interest

Most influential person in career
His coaches. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US sprinter Carl Lewis. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is the school of life." (actu.fr, 29 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. He carried out the same role at the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018; handisport.org, 22 Oct 2015)

In 2004 he received the Order of Merit Medal from the president of France in recognition of his performance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic gold medal and to compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (Var Matin, 23 Jan 2020; laprovence.com, 18 Dec 2019; Facebook page, 09 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His village was attacked in 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War. He lost the functionality of his left knee due to injuries sustained in a grenade explosion. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; lepoint.fr, 01 Sep 2012; Facebook page, 24 Jan 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
Since September 2019 he has worked as a sports teacher and animator for the government of Vinon sur Verdon, France. (Var Matin, 23 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2019; fiphfp.fr, 23 Jan 2020)

FROM RWANDA TO FRANCE
He fled his native country, Rwanda, at age eight. His parents were killed during the Rwandan Civil War and he sustained a leg injury due to a grenade explosion. (franceolympique.com, 01 Jul 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 1 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 9999
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final 2011-01-24 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final 2011-01-26 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 9999
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2012-09-07 3
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-07 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 5
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-23 7
Men's 100 m T42 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 3
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-25 8
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-25 6