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1982-Gino de Keersmaeker photo

Gino de Keersmaeker

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F42

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
Zwijndrecht, BEL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Dutch

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began long distance running at age 14 with encouragement from his aunt. He was spotted by sports teacher William Hautegem who suggested he try discus. After his accident in 1991 his father took him to train at the Beveren Perseverance Athletics Club in Belgium.
Why this sport?
He liked athletics before his accident and decided he wanted to continue.
Club / Team
Bloso Bruges: Belgium

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want people with disabilities to do what it takes to lead a normal life. There has to be acceptance in society. Sports by people with disabilities helps, especially if the media show more of it." (ottobock-in-beijing.com, 06 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
He was Belgium's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)

He was named the 2000 Sportsman of the Year in Antwerp, Belgium. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 21 Oct 2010)

He was named the 1996 Sportsman of the Year by Radio Antwerp. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 21 Oct 2010)
Impairment
In 1991 he lost his left leg below the knee in an accident. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 29 Aug 2012)
Other information
COACH
In 2014 he coached Luxembourgish para-athlete Tom Habscheid, who competes in the F42 discus. (paralympics.lu, 02 Jan 2015)

VETERAN PARALYMPIAN
He competed at five consecutive Paralympic Games between 1996 and 2012. (zwijndrecht .be, 20 Sep 2013; ginodekeersmaeker.be, 29 Aug 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put THS2 Final Round 13
Men's Discus Throw THS2 Final Round 11
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 5
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 12
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 2
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 6
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 2
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 4
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 2
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 4
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 6
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F42 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final 2011-01-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F42 Final Round 2012-09-02 6