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Gyu Dae Kim

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Korean
Higher education
Astronomy - Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago, IL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2006.
Why this sport?
He became interested in the sport after watching a wheelchair marathon on television while he was in hospital.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Korean wheelchair racer Hong Suk-Man. (naver.com, 16 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was given the Excellent Para Athlete of the Year Award at the Korean Athletics Awards. (news.joins.com, 13 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2013 Para Athlete of the Year by the Korea Athletics Federation for the Disabled. (hansannews.com, 24 Jan 2014)

He was flag bearer for the Republic of Korea at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (sportsq.co.kr, 18 Oct 2014)
Milestones
He became the first Korean wheelchair racer to win a gold medal at the world championships when he claimed victory in the T54 800m at the 2013 edition in Lyon, France. He was also the first Korean wheelchair marathoner to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, finishing in third place at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (segye.com, 30 Apr 2017; ssad.or.kr, 23 Jul 2013)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries after his parachute failed to open while he was training in the Korean special forces in 2004. (koreatimes.net, 25 Apr 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He was named as one of the seven members of the new Athletes Advisory Group [AAG] by World Para Athletics in 2017. He is due to serve in the position until 2021. (able.kbs.co.kr, 02 Aug 2017; paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2017; Athlete, 14 Jul 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 5
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 4
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2012-08-31 4
Men's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 3 2012-09-03 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-04 3
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-05 3
Men's 800 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2012-09-08 4
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 3
Men's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 4
Men's 800 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 7
Men's 800 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Men's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 3
Men's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-26 6
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-27 4
Men's Marathon T54 Final 1 2013-07-28 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-09 8
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 3 2016-09-12 5
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-14 3
Men's 800 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-15 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-17 9999
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 3