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Maciej Lepiato

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T44, F44

Further personal information

Family
Wife Dominika, son Filip
Residence
Gorzów Wielkopolski, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Physical Education - Academy of Physical Education [AWF]: Gorzów Wielkopolski, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2005 in Strzelce Krajenskie, Poland.
Why this sport?
His high school physical education teacher referred him to an athletics coach.
Club / Team
START Gorzow Wielkopolski: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Lewkowicz [club], POL

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Nicknames
The Jumper [because he trains for the high jump and the long jump] (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Going to the cinema, listening to music, fishing, picking mushrooms. (Facebook page, 12 Sep 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T46 high jump at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish high jumper Artur Partyka, Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, Polish Para and able-bodied table tennis player Natalia Partyka. (interia.pl, 09 Mar 2018; Athlete, 21 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In June 2019 he tore his Achilles tendon during competition and consequently missed the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (interia.pl, 05 Jul 2019)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due to a left foot injury. (wyborcza.pl, 25 Jul 2017)

He was sidelined for three months in 2011 with a left foot injury. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)

In 2010 he injured his right heel and was out for seven months. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you love and what makes you smile." (Athlete, 21 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was presented with the Knight's Cross of Order of the Rebirth of Poland. The honour was in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

He was named the 2012 Discovery of the Year by a Polish national sports review poll. (oczygorzowa.pl, 12 Mar 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 25 Aug 2018; echogorzowa.pl, 28 Jun 2018; paralympic.org, 27 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He was born with left club foot. He has muscle atrophy in his lower leg and calf, and almost no range of motion in the ankle joint. (gazetalubuska.pl, 19 Sep 2012)
Other information
FRIENDSHIP
He has become friends with teammate Lukasz Mamczarz through Para athletics. "High jumping connected us, we spent so many years next to each other, we have trained at the same club under the guidance of the same coach, we live in the same city, we just clicked right away and we knew that we are going to be good friends," explained Mamczarz. However, they both admit that they are still rivals when they compete in combines class events. "We are friends and there is only fair competition between us, in high jump, we are like family. However, we even joke that we can be a real family one day, because Lukasz has a daughter and I have a son." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 25 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final 2011-01-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F46 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42/44 Final 1 2013-07-20 1
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2013-07-24 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-23 10
Men's High Jump T44 Final 1 2015-10-30 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-17 11
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-22 1