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Krige Schabort

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Wife Caron, three children
Residence
Cedartown, GA, USA
Languages
Afrikaans, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para triathlon in about 2004.
Why this sport?
"I've done so much wheelchair racing over the years and it's not so much that it's getting boring, but in a sense I felt I needed something else to keep me more motivated, to get the butterflies in the stomach again, and that's what I feel in triathlons."
Club / Team
Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club: Chicago, IL, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Surfing. (wired.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Injuries
In October 2011 he was involved in a hit and run while out cycling with his two sons. His bicycle was destroyed and he was knocked into a ditch, suffering facial lacerations and a stiff neck. (examiner.com, 23 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (examiner.com, 23 Dec 2011)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards in United States of America. (wsbtv.com, 15 Jul 2015)

In 2004 he was inducted into the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame in Hawaii, United States of America. (examiner.com, 23 Dec 2011)
Other sports
He competed in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 [for South Africa] and in 2012 [for United States of America]. He won a bronze medal in the TW3-4 marathon at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, and a silver medal in the T54 marathon at the 2000 Games in Sydney. (teamusa.org, 18 Sep 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2012)
Impairment
In November 1987 he was serving as a corporal in the South African Army during a border conflict with Angola. His unit came under air attack and a bomb exploded next to him. He lost both of his legs above the knee, a finger, a yard of his small intestine and part of his stomach. He spent the next year in a military hospital. (teamusa.org, 18 Sep 2014; examiner.com, 23 Dec 2011; news24.com, 16 Sep 2004; old.post-gazette.com, 05 May 2003)
Other information
COMPETING FOR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
He represented South Africa in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. He had moved from his native country to United States of America in 1997, initially just to train for the 2000 Games in Sydney, but he and his wife decided to stay. After receiving US citizenship he competed for his new country at the Games in 2012 [athletics] and 2016 [triathlon]. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Sep 2016; teamusa.org, 18 Sep 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T55 Heat 3 1
Men's 1500 m T55 Heat 2 1
Men's 1500 m T55 Final Round 4
Men's 5000 m T55 Heat 3 1
Men's 5000 m T55 Final Round 4
Men's 10000 m T55 Heat 1 2
Men's 10000 m T55 Final Round 1
Men's Marathon T55 Final Round 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 4 7
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2
Men's 5000 m T54 Final Round 4
Men's 10000 m T54 Heat 2 2
Men's 10000 m T54 Final Round 4
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 5
Men's 10000 m T54 Heat 1 3
Men's 10000 m T54 Final Round 8
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 15
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 7
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2
Men's 10000 m T54 Final Round 7
Men's 10000 m T54 Heat 2 3
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 4 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 6
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 6
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 3 2012-08-31 7
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men PT1 Final Round 2016-09-10 5