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David Behre

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2008.
Why this sport?
While recovering in hospital he was inspired to take up the sport after watching a documentary about South African Para athlete Oscar Pistorius. "At that moment I knew: this is my new goal. This moment gave me a lot of strength."
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Karl-Heinz Due [club], GER

General interest

Nicknames
MB (Facebook page, 15 Sep 2015)
Hobbies
History, going to museums. (top-magazin.de, 16 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (top-magazin.de, 16 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
South African Para athlete Oscar Pistorius. (magazin.bayer.de, 28 Jun 2019)
Injuries
He had to withdraw from the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after he became ill a few days before the event. (sportschau.de, 12 Nov 2019)

In July 2017, shortly before competing in the 2017 World Championships in London, England, he suffered a muscle tear and had to withdraw from the event. (ergo.com, 17 Jul 2017)

He suffered from a blood clot in his knee for six weeks in early 2016. He returned to competition in May 2016 at an international event in Barcelona, Spain. (sport-magazine.co.uk, 26 May 2016; blog.ergo.de, 11 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I feel pain during training and just do not feel like it, then I imagine my goals." (magazin.bayer.de, 28 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
He and fellow 4x100m relay runners Johannes Floors, Markus Rehm and Felix Streng were named the 2016 Team of the Year by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany [DBS]. (paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

He received the Sportsman of the Year award in 2012 and 2013 in Moers, Germany. (rp-online.de, 26 Jan 2013)
Other sports
He competed in motocross at youth international level. (dirkschmidt.com, 22 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dirkschmidt.com, 22 Jan 2019)
Impairment
In 2007 he was hit by a train while walking his bike across a railway line. Both of his legs have been amputated below the knee. "I now celebrate my birthday twice, as in a way, I was born twice. On the day of the accident and the day I was born. Even if it might sound strange, I don't want my legs back today. I am happy in my new life on prostheses and satisfied. I enjoy every day and hope the end of my career is still far away." () (davidbehre.com, 12 Dec 2013; derwesten.de, 24 Dec 2009; maz-online.de, 18 Sep 2013; waz.de, 18 Dec 2013)
Other information
UNIVERSAL MIXED RELAY REACTION
He has said he is not a fan of the 4x100m universal mixed relay, introduced at the world championships from 2019 and at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which replaced relay events [T11-13, T42-47] in which German teams were traditionally successful. "It is clearly a wrong decision. It's a step backwards. It seems like it's not about competitive sports anymore but rather 'having fun together' where performance is secondary. The previous relay events were exciting and attractive and appealed to the audience." (zdf.de, 07 Nov 2019)

RETIREMENT PLAN
He intends to retire from the sport after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I'm afraid it will be the last Paralympic Games for me. Even in training already my regenerative ability is significantly worse than with a 23 or 24-year-old. I still want to finish my competitive sports career well. And then, if Tokyo is successful, I can look back on a wonderful time in athletics." (faz.net, 28 Aug 2019; dirkschmidt.com, 11 Jan 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works as motivational speaker and visits hospital patients who have been involved in serious accidents. "I make it clear that they only have to believe in themselves. Usually the ice breaks when the patients see my prostheses: then they understand that I know what I'm talking about and that I can also empathise with their respective situation. That motivates them - and I also take something from these encounters and draw a lot of new motivation from it." (magazin.bayer.de, 28 Jun 2019)

AUTHOR
He has written a book about his life called 'Sprint zuruck ins Leben' [Sprinting Back to Life]. "With my book I want to give other people who, like me, suffered a terrible stroke of fate, courage. Never give up and do not lose faith in yourself." (randomhouse.de, 21 Apr 2013; biderundtanner.ch, 01 Apr 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2011-01-23 2
Men's 200 m T44 Final 2011-01-24 4
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2011-01-25 3
Men's 100 m T44 Final 2011-01-26 7
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 4
Men's 400 m T44 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2012-09-01 3
Men's 200 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-02 7
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2012-09-05 5
Men's 400 m T44 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Men's 400 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T43 Final 1 2013-07-21 3
Men's 100 m T43 Final 1 2013-07-23 5
Men's 400 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 2
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-26 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-24 5
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-25 5
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2015-10-29 9
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Men's 100 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 200 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 3
Men's 400 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Men's 400 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-15 2