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Louis Radius

Athletics
1

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Family
One son
Residence
Dinard, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant, Sports Teacher
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Sport Studies - Paris Nanterre University: France

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1996 in Versailles, France. Prior to that he was involved in dancing, American football and tennis.
Why this sport?
His mother enrolled him in an athletics club after watching him running with a friend. "My friend lived five kilometres away and challenged me to run to his house, going faster each time. Athletics has always been more than just about results for me. Running is a beautiful way to develop my aptitudes, both physical and mental. What I've learnt over the years, in the good times as well as the bad, will serve me for the rest of my life."
Training Regime
He trains up to 12 times per week, with his routine including running, gym work and speed and aerobic sessions.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Loulou (Facebook profile, 26 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Dancing, music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, silver medals at the world championships in 2015 and 2017, and two gold medals at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and his first coach. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US American football player Emmitt Smith, Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In mid-2017 he suffered from tendinitis in his knee and foot pain. (blog.derichebourg-multiservices.com, 26 Jul 2017; enroutepourrio.eu, 13 Jul 2017)

In 2014 he sustained ankle and Achilles tendon injuries. (eap-broceliande.com, 12 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"For me sport is a tool, a sort of lever that allows you to discover yourself and an agent of personal development. With sport I could overcome my impairment, stop my difficulties at school and continue with my studies. Today, sport is my Swiss Army knife that lets me open doors and keep on moving forward." (trail-session.fr, 06 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the president of France. (LinkedIn profile, 28 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)
Impairment
He briefly lacked oxygen before being born and as a result he was born with hemiplegia, which affects the movement of his left arm and left leg. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a technical and sports adviser at the Ministry of Sports in Rennes, France. "We work for the promotion of the 2024 Olympic Games [in Paris] in the Brittany region. We aim to propose packages to international federations so high performance athletes or delegations can come over." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020; letelegramme.fr, 27 Jan 2021; Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for several diplomas in the area of sport and exercise, including from Paris Descartes University, the University of Poitiers and the University Savoie Mont Blanc. In 2020 he began studying for a diploma in mental preparation and optimisation techniques at Paris-Saclay University in France. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 3 6
Men's 400 m T38 Heat 1 7
Men's 4x400 m T35-38 Final Round 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 2 2015-10-23 4
Men's 800 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-24 3
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-30 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T38 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-14 7
Men's 800 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-16 6
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 2