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Johannes Floors of Germany celebrates after winning gold in the final of the mens 200m T43 at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

Johannes Floors

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New to the Ones to Watch list for 2018, Floors cemented his place as a key contender in Para athletics after winning three gold medals at the London 2017 World Championships.

The German double-amputee sprinter had already shown great potential in 2016, just one year after making his senior international debut.

Floors, a former Para swimmer, won three gold medals at the Grosseto 2016 European Championships in Italy, finishing first in the 200m T44, 400m T44 and as part of the formidable German 4x100m T42-47 relay quartet, with which he also won gold at the 2015 World Championships.

Injury struck at Rio 2016 however, as Floors celebrated anchoring the German relay team home to gold, hurting his leg in the process. He was unable to compete in the 400m T44, the event he had won world bronze at in Qatar the previous year. Over-exuberant celebrations are consequently a thing of the past.

At London 2017 he was back in terrific form, winning 200m and 400m T43 gold as well as silver in the men’s 100m T44 behind Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock. Relay gold once again went Germany’s way as Floors brought home the baton behind the US team who were subsequently disqualified for a lane infringement.

Floors was born with no fibulae, shortened shins and underdeveloped feet. At age 16 he chose to have his lower legs amputated.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T62

Further personal information

Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Orthopaedics - University of Applied Sciences: Cologne, GER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2011 at the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club in Germany.
Why this sport?
He initially competed in swimming but began experiencing problems with his shoulder. He was inspired to try Para athletics by the stories of US Ironman competitor Scott Rigsby. The director of the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club invited him for a trial, and he began training.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Karl-Heinz Due [personal]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Jo, Flo. (Instagram profile, 02 Mar 2020; Facebook profile, 31 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Ironman competitor Scott Rigsby. (movens-magazin.de, 03 Jun 2015)
Injuries
He sustained an injury while competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was unable to compete in the T44 400m at the Games due to the injury. (paralympic.org, 19 Nov 2018)

In 2010 he had to quit swimming due to a shoulder injury. (movens-magazin.de, 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to heavy metal music before competing. (tagesspiegel.de, 08 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One day, you will be flying." (magazine.bayer.com, 14 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He and fellow 4x100m relay runners David Behre, Markus Rehm and Felix Streng were named the 2016 Team of the Year by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany. (paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

He was named the 2015 Male Junior Athlete of the Year by the German Sports Aid Foundation. (dbs-npc.de, 23 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He won silver and bronze medals in Para swimming at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Olomouc, Czech Republic. (fremdkoerperhsh.wordpress.com, 21 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ispo.com, 30 Jan 2020)
Impairment
He was born with no fibula bones in his legs, shortened shins and underdeveloped feet. At age 16 he chose to have his lower legs amputated. "I was in pain all day. I couldn't stand for ten minutes. At some point I asked my mother what options I had. I told her I did not want to have this pain all the time. [After amputation] I am no longer in pain. Okay, the stump hurts at some point, but not after ten minutes. It takes five or six hours before it starts to hurt. I am also viewed differently by others. Youngsters look at my prostheses and say, 'They are black, it's cool'. My appearance is completely different, and that gives me a different sort of self-confidence." (faz.net, 18 Jul 2017; Leichtathletik.de, 10 Nov 2019)
Other information
STUDIES
After completing his training as an orthopaedic technician, he began studying mechanical engineering. "For me, studying as a balance to sport is very important. Mechanical engineering offers exciting new industries and many opportunities. But maybe later I will go back to the development or research of prostheses, then I could combine both. I do not believe in concrete plans for the future, but when the door opens to an exciting opportunity and the circumstances fit, I go for it." (sport-rhein-erft.de, 24 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-24 6
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-25 4
Men's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-27 3
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-29 10
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-08 6
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 200 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Men's 400 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-14 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-16 2
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's 400 m T43 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Men's 200 m T43 Final 1 2017-07-22 1
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2017-07-23 1