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Manolis Stefanoudakis

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Georgia
Languages
Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2009 in Moires, Greece, and began competing in the sport one year later.
Why this sport?
He initially tried Para swimming but the lack of facilities for athletes with an impairment meant he switched to Para athletics. He saw the sport as a way of improving his health and changing his life.
Name of coach
Hippocrates Skantzakis [personal], GRE; Ioannides Iakovos [personal], GRE

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Hobbies
Safaris, enduro racing. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F54 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Greek Para swimmer Georgios Kapellakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Greek Para swimmer Georgios Kapellakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Greece at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

He was named the 2015 Male Para Athlete of the Year by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press [PSAT] in Greece. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Jan 2016; paralympic.org, 04 Jan 2016)

The municipal stadium in Phaistos, Greece, was named after him in recognition of his performances at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (kritinea.gr, 11 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (maleviziotis.gr, 14 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a traffic accident in April 2007. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; patris.gr, 11 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 17
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-24 3
Men's Shot Put F54/55 Final 1 2013-07-27 14
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final 1 2017-07-23 1