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David Delespesse

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
Dworp, BEL
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
Dutch, English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running with prosthetics in September 2013.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to run again and be involved in athletics."
Club / Team
Olympic Essenbeek Halle [OEH]: Huizingen, BEL

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Belgium
Location
Lille, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Jacks (nieuwsblad.be, 11 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Cycling, watching movies. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2018 European Championships. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mieke Van Thuyne. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam, Belgian sprinter Jonathan Sacoor. German Para athlete Johannes Floors and Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Flemish Brabant, Belgium. (ringtv.be, 25 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nieuwsblad.be, 05 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He had both feet amputated after being involved in a train accident in 2001. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; gsportvlaanderen.be, 20 Mar 2014)
Other information
VETERAN
He served in the Belgian military from 1995 until his accident in 2001. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2015)