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Esa-Pekka Mattila

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Helsinki, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish, German
Higher education
Business Law - Aalto University: Espoo, FIN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as a child and was identified by a coach as a potential elite athletics competitor. He attended a training camp and enjoyed the sport.
Club / Team
Espoon Tapiot: Finland
Name of coach
Leo-Pekka Tahti [personal], FIN

General interest

Nicknames
EP (yle.fi, 23 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Photography, supporting English football team Arsenal, playing computer games. (Twitter profile, 10 May 2017; iltalehti.fi, 19 Aug 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Those who do not wish to follow are doomed to lead." (esapekkamattila.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named Athlete of the Year by the Aalto University Student Union in Espoo, Finland. (ayy.fi, 20 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 19 Jul 2021; yle.fi, 23 Jun 2021)
Impairment
He was born with caudal regression syndrome. The condition affects the muscle power in his legs. (jalosaur.com, 01 Feb 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In 2021 he said he had begun to consider his plans for once he retires from the sport. "Tokyo may be my last Paralympic Games. Who will I be after I quit sports? That's the first thing I want to find out. It is said that in Finland an athlete is poorly employed. But an athlete can consider what he or she has learned through sport. An athlete is used to working hard, leading projects and prioritising." (yle.fi, 23 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 4 2011-01-22 4
Men's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2011-01-22 8
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-24 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-01 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 17
Men's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 9
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-22 16
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-16 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-14 9