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Maciej Sochal

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion, Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F32

Further personal information

Residence
Koszalin, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Marketing, Sales
Languages
English, Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 in Koszalin, Poland.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by a coach. "When I found out about Para sport I told my mother about it. It's because of her that I went to the first training session. She convinced me to go there, because I was not sure. However, once I went for the first training I immediately liked the sport."
Club / Team
START Koszalin: Poland
Name of coach
Adrian Mikolajczyk [club], POL

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Poland

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F32 club throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Meden-Inmed PL YouTube channel, 24 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2021)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
His training was disrupted ahead of the 2017 World Championships due to injuries to his shoulder and groin. He went on to win a silver medal in the F32 club throw at the event in London, England. (paralympic.org, 23 Jul 2018; gk24.pl, 22 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 22 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was presented with the Gold Cross of Merit in Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

In 2012 he received an award from the mayor of Koszalin, Poland, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in sport. (koszalin.pl, 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2021)
Impairment
Complications occurred while he was undergoing brain tumour surgery in 2000, which resulted in a vision impairment and quadriplegia. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; prestizkoszalin.pl, 08 May 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked in the marketing and sales department for a rehabilitation product and supply company in Koszalin, Poland. (tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2021; MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 22 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F33-34 Final Round 11
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F31/32/51 Final Round 2012-08-31 9
Men's Shot Put F32/33 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F32/33 Final 1 2013-07-24 5
Men's Club Throw F31/32/51 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F32 Final 1 2015-10-24 9999
Men's Club Throw F32 Final 1 2015-10-26 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F32 Final Round 2016-09-08 4
Men's Club Throw F32 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F32 Final 1 2017-07-20 2
Men's Shot Put F32 Final 1 2017-07-23 4