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Ilona Biacsi

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Residence
Szeged, HUN
Languages
English, Hungarian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2000 in Szeged, Hungary.
Why this sport?
She had success in the sport at school.
Club / Team
Szegedi VSE: Hungary
Name of coach
Antal Andor [club], HUN

General interest

Nicknames
Ica (Facebook profile, 18 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T20 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and a bronze in the same event at the 2012 Games in London. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her twin sister Bernadett. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She and her sister Bernadett were co-recipients of the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year Award in Szeged, Hungary. (delmagyar.hu, 24 Jan 2017)

She was named the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year by the Hungarian Paralympic Committee. (szegedma.hu, 29 Nov 2013)

She and her sister Bernadett were joint flag bearers for Hungary at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her twin sister Bernadett Biacsi has represented Hungary in Para athletics. She competed in the T20 1500m at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 May 2017; szegedma.hu, 07 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (delmagyar.hu, 24 Jan 2017)
Impairment
She was born with an intellectual impairment. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Other information
MEDAL FOR TWO
She and her sister Bernadett dreamt of standing together on the podium at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but only Ilona was able to claim a medal [silver] in the T20 1500m at the Games. "I'm so sorry that we are not together on the podium. But this medal is for both of us. If not for her I would not be here. We did everything together, we have been working together for the last four years. There was a time I lost motivation and she encouraged me to continue. I am so grateful that I have such a great sister and I wanted her to get a medal too, so my heart is broken." (nemzetisport.hu, 16 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-24 4
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 3 2015-10-29 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Women's 400 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Women's 1500 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 1 2017-07-17 8
Women's 400 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-18 7