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Marco Pentagoni

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Vercelli, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He took up Para athletics so that he could stay involved in sports after his accident. "I have always loved sport but after the accident I dedicated my life to it. After meeting Bebe Vio [Italian wheelchair fencer] I started running, not to compete at first. But after a lot of work, I began competing and when the results started to arrive it felt great. From that moment the sport took on a different meaning, and now I dedicate a lot of my time to it."
Club / Team
ASH Dilettantistica Novara: Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Basketball, roller hockey, boxing. (atletanews.sport, 14 Jul 2020; art4sport.org, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning multiple gold medals at the 2019 Italian Championships in Jesolo, Italy. (marcopentagoni.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea, Italian Formula One driver and Para cyclist Alex Zanardi. (art4sport.org, 2014; marcopentagoni.com, 01 Jan 2020; atletanews.sport, 14 Jul 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport introduces you to wonderful people that you would not have met otherwise, as well as places and things you cannot see every day from your window." (atletanews.sport, 14 Jul 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Games in Paris. He also hopes to become a coach of Para athletes. (marcopentagoni.com, 01 Jan 2020; atletanews.sport, 14 Jul 2020)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he fell from a roof in 2013. (art4sport.org, 2014)