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Janusz Rokicki

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57

Further personal information

Family
Wife Marta, sons Bartosz, Michal, and Jakub
Residence
Cieszyn, POL
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2002 in Cieszyn, Poland.
Why this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2000 but realised he would never be successful at international level. He then tried powerlifting but after winning a number of amateur competitions in shot put, a friend convinced him that he was good enough to take up the sport professionally. "I decided to do sport, because I have always loved competition. Sport gives people like me a chance to leave the house and integrate with other people. Today it's my passion and my way of life."
Club / Team
IKS Cieszyn: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Gryzbon [club], POL

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F57 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Also, defeating Russian competitor Alexey Ashapatov for the first time on his way to winning gold in the F57/58 shot put at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Zbigniew Gryzbon. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a shoulder injury. He tore the supraspinatus muscle and ruptured the subscapularis muscle 10 days before competition after falling in his bathroom. He went on to claim a silver medal in the F57 shot put at the Games. He had a recurrence of the shoulder injury a year later at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (przegladsportowy.pl, 14 Jul 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jul 2017; michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up, fight until the end." (paralympic.org.pl, 09 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Athlete of the Mountains Region in Poland. (wiadomosci.ox.pl, 10 Jun 2017)

He was honoured with the Gold Cross of Merit in 2016 by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

In 2013 he received the Silver Cross of Merit. (cieszyn.naszemiasto.pl. 16 Feb 2013)
Other sports
Before taking up Para athletics, he competed in Para swimming and powerlifting at national level in Poland. (januszrokicki.pl, 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018)
Impairment
At age 18 he was assaulted and robbed at a train station and then left on the tracks. He was hit by a train, which resulted in the amputation of both his legs. (tvn24.pl, 06 Sep 2012)
Other information
CLUB FOUNDER
In 2017 he founded IKS Cieszyn, a sports club for people with an impairment in Poland. He has also served as president of the club and been involved in coaching. "I want to encourage people with an impairment into sport. Maybe there will be athletes in my club who will achieve more than me. I remember how proud and happy I was when my club members earned their first medals." (tvp.pl, 08 Nov 2019; magazynsportowiec.pl, 18 Sep 2018; katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018)

RIO MEDAL
He injured his shoulder 10 days before his event was due to start at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after falling on his bathroom floor at the Paralympic Village. He was able to compete and went on to take a silver medal at the Games. "Before I arrived in Rio, my goal was to win gold. But after my accident I prayed that I would be able to compete. I could only do one training session and nothing relieved the pain, but a talk with my sons motivated me. Later, I found a chocolate in my suitcase that one of my sons had hidden there before my departure. It said, 'I believe you can do it'. A small thing, but it gave me strength. It is a miracle that I won the silver medal." (michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016)

MISSION
He is actively involved in promoting Para sport among people with an impairment. "When I meet someone with an impairment on the street, I immediately start talking to them and encourage them to start training. I explain that it's a shame to waste life at home. For me, it is the biggest satisfaction to see them go on to win something." (tvp.pl, 08 Nov 2019; michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F58 Final Round 2
Men's Discus Throw F58 Final Round 10
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F58 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final 2011-01-24 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F58 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final 1 2015-10-30 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final 1 2017-07-14 3