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Iasonas Gantes

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Athens, GRE
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Coaching - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: Greece

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2008 in Komotini, Greece.
Why this sport?
He liked running as a child.
Club / Team
Latios: Greece
Name of coach
Michael Anagnostou

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fourth in the T37 400m at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Twitter profile, 06 Oct 2015)
Impairment
At age 10 he began suffering intense headaches and was diagnosed with a tumour in his head. He had two operations to remove the tumour, but complications during the first surgery resulted in hemiplegia in the right side of his body. Physical therapy sessions enabled him to regain 80-90% of mobility in his right leg and 10-20% function in his right arm. (LinkedIn profile, Jul 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2017-07-17 9
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-19 11