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Gunther Matzinger

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Residence
Salzburg, AUT
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Management - University of Applied Sciences Krems: Austria

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age eight in Salzburg, Austria. He started training seriously after spending a year living in the United States of America when he was in high school.
Why this sport?
He was always "running and jumping around" prior to taking up the sport, so it was a natural fit for him.
Club / Team
OTB Salzburg Leichtathletik: Austria
Name of coach
Eduard Holzer [personal], AUT, from 2005

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Austria
Location
Chinese Taipei

General interest

Hobbies
Mountain biking, swimming, reading, cross-country skiing. (guenthermatzinger.com, 10 Aug 2015; 19 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Eduard Holzer. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
British middle-distance runner Sebastian Coe. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered from Achilles tendon complaints in mid-2016, which carried on to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He spent the end of 2016 and the first part of 2017 recovering from the injury. (guenthermatzinger.com, 19 Jan 2017)

He suffered from a herniated disc for three months in mid-2014. (guenthermatzinger.com, 19 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard. No compromises." (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named the Athletics Ambassador of the Year by the Austrian Paralympic Committee in recognition of his performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (oepc.at, 26 Feb 2013)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para triathlon and finished fourth in the PTS5 event at the 2018 European Championships in Tartu, Estonia. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (guenthermatzinger.com, 03 May 2018)
Impairment
He was born without the lower part of his right arm due to dysmelia. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
He is the owner and founder of Windhund, a company that produces cards with various exercises on them which can be used for creating training regimes. The company has also developed a mobile application which creates a personalised fitness regime for each user. (Facebook profile, 28 Jul 2018; sn.at, 16 Nov 2017; sport-oesterreich.at, 28 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T46 Heat 1 3
Men's 200 m T46 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m T46 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m T46 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T46 Final 2011-01-26 3
Men's 400 m T46 Final 2011-01-28 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T46 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Men's 400 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 800 m T46 Heat 1 2012-09-06 1
Men's 800 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T46 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 1
Men's 400 m T46 Final 1 2013-07-26 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-22 3
Men's 400 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-23 5
Men's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-24 6
Men's 200 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-25 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T47 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Men's 400 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T47 Heat 1 2017-07-18 2
Men's 400 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-19 1
Men's 200 m T47 Heat 2 2017-07-21 6
Men's 200 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-22 5