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Dimitrios Karypidis

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S1

Further personal information

Residence
Alexandroupolis, GRE
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Greek, Russian
Higher education
Education - Democritus University of Thrace: Xanthi, GRE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in 2012 in Alexandroupolis, Greece.
Why this sport?
"I went to a swimming pool just to train and have a better physical condition. Due to my illness, swimming is the best exercise because it is very difficult to get injured in the water."
Club / Team
Irodikos [GRE] / OFTHA [GRE]:
Name of coach
Giorgos Tyligadas [personal], GRE, from 2012

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Greece
Location
Aix-en-Provence, FRA

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Giorgos Tyligadas. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Greek Para swimmer Alexandros Taxildaris. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Think outside the box." (Instagram profile, 19 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named a distinguished citizen of Alexandroupolis, Greece, in recognition of his sporting achievements. (thrakisports.gr, 03 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (agonasport.com, 30 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition which causes him to have fragile bones. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as vice president of Irodikos, an athletics club for people with impairments in Greece and also serves as a member of the management board of the non-profit organisation Perpato. He also works as a motivational speaker and aims to raise awareness and educate people on people living with impairments. (Facebook profile, 08 Jan 2021; TEDx Talks YouTube Channel, 11 Feb 2020)

FROM RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO GREECE
He was born in Tomsk, Russian Federation, to a Greek mother and a Russian father. In 1993 he moved with his mother to Alexandroupolis, Greece. (Facebook page, 11 Aug 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2017-12-07 2