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Jacek Czech

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S2, SB1, SM2

Further personal information

Residence
Tarnobrzeg, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Computer Science - Rzeszow University of Technology: Poland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at primary school. He entered his first Para swimming competition in 2004.
Why this sport?
Swimming was part of his rehabilitation following his accident. He says he feels free in the water and that it helps him forget about any problems in his life.
Club / Team
UKS G-8 Bielany: Warsaw, POL
Name of coach
Przemyslaw Czech [club, brother], POL; Wojciech Seidel [national], POL

General interest

Hobbies
Technology, working on databases. (Facebook page, 25 Feb 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S2 50m backstroke at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (sandomierz.gosc.pl, 18 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My life is a battle to make my dreams come true and achieve my goals. It's not easy but every obstacle I overcome gives me the strength to continue." (nadwisla24.pl, 14 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2019 Para Athlete of the Year by the Polish Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org.pl, 05 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (magazynsportowiec.pl, 16 Sep 2019)
Impairment
At age 18 he jumped headfirst into a lake, injuring his spinal cord. He was initially paralysed in all four limbs, but through rehabilitation and determination he was able to regain some mobility in his arms. (megatiming.pl, 19 Jun 2015; sport.interia.pl, 13 Sep 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-03 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2012-09-03 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2012-09-05 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2013-08-14 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-16 10
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2015-07-19 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2016-09-09 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 2016-09-15 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2016-09-15 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2017-12-04 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2017-12-06 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2017-12-07 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2017-12-07 5