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Edgaras Matakas

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Kaunas, LTU
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Lithuanian
Higher education
Coaching, Sport Studies - Lithuanian Sports University: Kaunas, LTU

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 15 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Club / Team
Kaunas Swimming School: Lithuania
Name of coach
Ramunas Leonas, LTU, from 2020

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Lithuania
Location
Szczecin, POL

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
His performance at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, where he won a gold and a bronze. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, US Para swimmer Brad Snyder. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Lithuania's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Milestones
He became the first Para swimmer representing Lithuania to win gold at the world championships, claiming victory in the S11 50m freestyle at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Mexico City, Mexico. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Aug 2019; tv3.lt, 30 May 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, and to break a world record. (lsu.lt, 28 Oct 2020; Athlete, 20 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He gradually lost his sight over his early childhood and became legally blind at age 15. (lrt.lt, 18 Jul 2019; 15min.lt, 20 Jul 2015)
Other information
RETURN TO FORMER COACH
In January 2020, after poor results in 2018 and 2019, he returned to coach Ramunas Leonas who had trained him between 2012 and 2016. "I realised that all those difficulties were created by psychology. My body was trained and ready for competition. The problems were mental. Now I work with psychologists to prevent this from happening again. I try to forget all the misfortunes, difficulties, and to look at everything as brightly as possible. I'm glad [Leonas] agreed to work and prepare me for [the 2020 Paralympic Games in] Tokyo. You could say it's an old new coach. At first, there was a bit of uncertainty about how things would go, but now everything is fine. I wouldn't say it's a big shock. We work well, we agree, everything will stay. We have a good training climate. That must be it." (lrytas.lt, 14 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-12 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-15 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-02 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-07 1