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Ioannis Sevdikalis

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62, F62

Further personal information

Languages
English, Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014 in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
"As a child I loved sports - running, swimming, weights. I was always interested in being in good condition. At school, I wanted to become a fitness trainer and nutritionist, but I wasn't a good student so I started working as a waiter and saved money. After the accident, my goal was to stand up again. When I managed to do that, a journalist friend suggested I go to the sports federation for people with an impairment, where I met my coach. I started with throwing events but my dream was to put on running blades and they are very expensive. I was helped financially by a lot of people and managed to buy blades. Then I started to run."

General interest

Nicknames
Evloyimenos (Facebook profile, 08 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Reading, watching films, walking. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a T43 long jump world record at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nektarios Gialourakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US decathlete Ashton Eaton. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never be disappointed, always be humble." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (magdasnews.gr, 14 Nov 2020)
Impairment
In October 2012 he was cycling by train tracks in Gazi, Greece, when he was dragged under a passing train. Both of his legs were amputated as a result of the accident. (cnn.gr, 12 Sep 2016)
Other information
PERFORMER
In August 2016 he featured in a Greek production of The Birds, a play by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. "The director asked to meet me and I was shocked at the beginning because I did not expect to ever go on stage. Since I like to try new things, I said yes." (gr.euronews.com, 29 Jul 2016; irishtimes.com, 23 May 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 6