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Cristiaan Du Plessis

Athletics | Swimming


Impairment information


Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2010.
Why this sport?
After competing for 14 years at the highest level in swimming, he realised that it was time to find a new challenge and decided to try para-athletics.
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [national], RSA

General interest

Awards and honours
He was named South Africa's Sportsman of the Year for 2004. (, 09 Dec 2004)
Other sports
He represented South Africa in para-swimming at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. ( 2010)
He has spina bifida. (, 28 May 2010)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 5
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 15
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 8
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F57/58 Final 1 2013-07-20 12
Men's Discus Throw F57/58 Final 1 2013-07-22 14
Men's Shot Put F56/57 Final 1 2013-07-26 9