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Manuela Schaer of Switzerland competes in the Women's 5000m - T54 Heat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Manuela Schaer

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It was out on the roads that Manuela Schaer made the greatest impact in 2017.

The Swiss racer began the year with a second-place finish at the Tokyo Marathon in February, but come April she was at the top of the podium – a place she would become familiar with by the end of the year.

First place at the Boston Marathon in the USA was followed one week later with victory at the London Marathon in Great Britain. Even more impressively, Schaer set new course records both times.

In September she crossed the line first at the Berlin Marathon in Germany, then a month later took third in Chicago, USA.

She rounded the year off with victory in the New York Marathon, having finished in second place behind the USA Tatyana McFadden for the previous three years. Going in to 2018, Schaer sits top of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI leaderboard.

Schaer made her senior international debut on the track in 2001 and competed in her first Paralympic Games at Athens 2004, where she won 200m T54 silver and 100m T54 bronze.

Four years later in Beijing she was on the podium again, winning 200m T54 bronze as Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc stole centre stage, but she was less successful at London 2012, where her best results were two fifth places. The USA’s Tatyana McFadden was now a major adversary and claimed three golds in London.

It was a similar story at Rio 2016 – McFadden and her US teammates Amanda McGrory and Chelsea McClammer enjoyed two clean sweeps of the podium, leaving Schaer out of the medals.

Schaer has also competed at four World Championships, winning marathon gold in 2013 – she also won 400m, 800m and 5,000m T54 silver that year.

Four gold medals went Schaer’s way at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, while most recently at the London 2017 World Championships she won 800m T54 silver.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Kriens, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Clerk
Languages
French, German, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1998 at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
"I was a runner before I got injured and loved sports."
Club / Team
RC Zentralschweiz: Lucerne, SUI
Name of coach
Claudio Perret [personal], SUI, from 2013

International debut

Year
2001
Competing for
Switzerland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Nottwil, SUI

General interest

Hobbies
Watching television, reading, spending time with friends. (paralympic.org, 27 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the women's wheelchair overall title in the 11th Abbott World Marathon Majors series in 2017/18, after she posted wins in the 2017 London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon and 2018 Tokyo Marathon. "I am very happy that I won the Abbott World Marathon Majors. It is really the biggest thing in my career so far." (Twitter profile Abbott WWMajors, 22 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Claudio Perret. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never hope for it more than you work for it." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received a special achievement award from the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (swissparalympic.ch, 24 Oct 2014)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a playground accident in 1993. (wingsforlifeworldrun.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for Right To Play Switzerland, an organisation that helps children in disadvantaged countries take part in sports programmes. (manuelaschaer.ch, 07 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 3
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 4
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 3
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 3 1
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 3
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 3 1
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-22 2
Women's 100 m T54 Final 2011-01-23 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-24 3
Women's 800 m T54 Final 2011-01-25 4
Women's 200 m T54 Final 2011-01-25 3
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-28 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final 2011-01-29 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-03 4
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-04 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 6
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
Women's 800 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 2
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-24 5
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 5
Women's 400 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 3
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
Women's Marathon T54 Final 1 2013-07-28 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-12 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-14 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-15 8
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-17 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-17 3
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-15 1
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-16 5
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 7
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-18 3
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-19 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-22 5