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A swimmer says thank you to the crowds at the para-swimming World Championships in 2015

Marcus Irma Johannes Anne Evers

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Born with autism in 1991, S14 swimmer Marc Evers went into London 2012 as two-time European champion after excelling at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany.

In London Evers did not disappoint winning gold in the 100m backstroke in a world record time. He also took the bronze medal in 100m breaststroke.

Evers’ hero is Pieter van den Hoogeband and in 2010 he won his first international medal, a World Championships bronze, in a pool that is named after the Dutch swimming legend in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

In 2014 at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, he returned to his favouritie venue to win a further three golds.

His triple gold at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships has also shown that the man, now recognised in supermarkets because of his sporting success, is a world beater that just gets better and better.

But 2015 provided somewhat of a reality check for the flying Dutchman. At the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, in his specialist event, the 100m bacsktroke, Evers was beaten by Russian newcomer Viacheslav Emeliantsev and South Korea's Inkook Lee. Evers had not lost that race since 2010.

He was back in winning form once again in 2016 at the European Open Championships, sending a warning to his rivals with two gold medals in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley, his other favourite event.

At Rio 2016, Evers retained his title in the medley. But his rivalry with Lee got stronger, as the South Korean claimed gold in the 100m backstroke to take his first Paralympic title.

Evers trains 11 times a week in the pool and also does five two-hour strength sessions each week. He also tries to run twice a week and do yoga once a week.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Hillegom, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Lisse, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
He would go swimming with his grandmother every Saturday.
Club / Team
ZV Haerlem: Netherlands
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Netherlands
Location
Poland

General interest

Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband. (paralympischesport.nl, 06 Aug 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2011 and 2013 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Kennemerland, Netherlands. (jouwfm.nl; 20 Dec 2013; rtvnh.nl, 07 Dec 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 11 Jun 2018)
Impairment
He was born with autism. (marcevers.com, 17 Apr 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 4 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 4 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2012-08-31 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2012-09-02 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 2012-09-06 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2012-09-06 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2013-08-14 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2013-08-14 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 3 2015-07-13 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2015-07-15 9
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2015-07-17 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 3 2015-07-19 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2015-07-19 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2016-09-08 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2016-09-14 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2016-09-17 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final Round 2016-09-17 1