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Helder Mestre

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51

Further personal information

Residence
Lisbon, POR
Occupation
Technician
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age seven. After his accident, he tried Para athletics at age 19.
Why this sport?
He competed in athletics before his accident. Afterwards he tried a number of Para sports including boccia, swimming and rowing, but always preferred athletics.
Name of coach
Ricardo Mestre [brother], POR, from 2010
Training Regime
He trains for 10 hours per week.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Hobbies
Walking, researching, learning. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting the men's T51 half marathon world record in 2017. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021; IPC world records, 15 Dec 2020)
Most influential person in career
His brother Ricardo. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese distance runner Carlos Lopes. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Injuries
He fractured his leg in March 2016 after falling off a minibus during a Para athletics meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He returned to training the following month. (umestranhopordia.pt, 19 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you like and don't care about what others say." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
His brother Ricardo Mestre has served as his coach and was also a guide for Portuguese athlete Nuno Alves at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (opraticante.pt, 08 Jul 2017)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia as the result of a car accident in 1986. (opraticante.pt, 08 Jul 2017; fpatletismo.pt, 19 May 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T51 Heat 2 2015-10-27 8
Men's 100 m T51 Final 1 2015-10-27 7
Men's 400 m T51 Heat 1 2015-10-30 6
Men's 400 m T51 Final 1 2015-10-31 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T51 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Men's 400 m T51 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T51 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Men's 100 m T51 Final 1 2017-07-21 5