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Heinrich Popow

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2001 at the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club in Germany.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to get involved in Para sport by German Para cyclist Arno Becker.

General interest

Hero / Idol
British Para sprinter Richard Whitehead. ''Look at him and then try tell people that there is something impossible. I will never forget the competitions with him." (Facebook page, 18 Jul 2018)
Injuries
In 2017 he suffered a bone fracture in his right foot and tore a tendon in his right shoulder while taking part in the German TV show 'Dancing with the Stars'. The injuries prevented him from competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (rtl.de, 29 May 2017; paralympic.org, 16 Jul 2018)

In October 2015 he fractured a bone in his right foot while at a training camp in Lanzarote, Spain. The injury prevented him from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He returned to competition seven months later at the 2016 Regional Championships in Wesseling, Germany. (Facebook page, 17 Jun 2017; dbs-npc.de, 09 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always go a step further than the rest." (ottobock.com, 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received a special award from the German Paralympic Committee in recognition of his sporting career. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2018)

He was the flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

In 2018 he was named an Honorary Member of the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club in Germany. (Instagram profile, 29 May 2018)

In 2005, 2012 and 2016 he was presented with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf], the highest award in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 01 Nov 2016; gesundheit-adhoc.de, 07 Nov 2012; leverkusen.com, 17 Mar 2005)

He was named the 2011 Para Athlete of the Year in Germany. (sport.t-online.de, 30 Nov 2011)

In 2002 he was named Paralympic Young Talent of the Year in Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 2002)
Impairment
Doctors discovered a tumour on his left calf at age eight. In order to avoid the possibility of bone cancer in the future, his left leg was amputated below the knee. (sport.t-online.de, 10 Jan 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive sport after the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. "Being a German athlete and having an international event in Germany, it's quite fun and for me having the chance to make my retirement in Berlin." (rp-online.de, 08 Jul 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Jul 2018, 26 Nov 2018)

MENTOR
He serves as a mentor for young athletes at the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club in Germany. (dguv.de, 24 Jan 2018)

FROM KAZAKHSTAN TO GERMANY
Born in Kazakhstan, he moved to Germany with his family at age seven. (heinrich-popow.de, 12 Jul 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 8
Men's Long Jump F42 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 5
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 1 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42/44 Final Round 9999
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42 Final Round 3
Men's High Jump F42 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42 Final Round 3
Men's High Jump F42 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 3
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42 Final 2011-01-22 1
Men's 200 m T42 Final 2011-01-24 4
Men's 100 m T42 Final 2011-01-26 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42/44 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2012-09-07 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2013-07-21 3
Men's 200 m T42 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 3
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
Men's 100 m T42 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 1
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-26 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2016-09-14 1
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Men's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 1