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Finland's Henry Manni at the Swansea 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

Henry Manni

Athletics | Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34, F34

Further personal information

Family
Partner Sonja Turnbull-Smith, daughter Aurora [2020]
Residence
Lohja, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Finnish
Higher education
Physical Education - Pajulahti Sports Institute: Nastola, FIN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up canoe at age 10 before later switching to athletics.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Finnish Para athlete Leo-Pekka Tahti win gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Club / Team
Lansi-Uudenmaan Urheilijat: Finland
Name of coach
Juha Heinanen [personal], FIN, from 2017; Jukka Kesala

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Finland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Hobbies
Canoeing, wheelchair basketball, maintaining his website, going to the cinema. (henrymanni.com, 01 Sep 2017; eevsku.fi, 21 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T34 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 09 May 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish wheelchair racer Leo-Pekka Tahti. (paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Constraints are only in your own head." (henrymanni.com, 30 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 he was named Athlete of the Year in Lohja, Finland. (lansi-uusimaa.fi, 02 Feb 2017)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in Para canoe sprint at the 2010 World Championships in Poznan, Poland. (tfp.fi, 09 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Tuomas has represented Finland in Para athletics and competed in F34 javelin and shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He also played wheelchair rugby for Finland at the 2017 European Championships in Koblenz, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Mar 2020; yleisurheilu.fi, 16 May 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (luusport.fi, 08 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born with a hereditary, progressive condition that affects his lower limbs. His ability to walk deteriorated in childhood. (paralympia.fi, 02 May 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T34 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 2
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-22 3
Men's 100 m T34 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 4
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-24 6
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-25 4
Men's 400 m T34 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 3
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T34 Heat 2 2015-10-23 2
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-24 2
Men's 800 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-25 3
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-26 3
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-27 6
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-28 5
Men's 200 m T34 Heat 2 2015-10-30 5
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Men's 100 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-12 3
Men's 800 m T34 Heat 1 2016-09-13 3
Men's 800 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-15 5
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 1 2017-07-15 5
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-20 5
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-21 4