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Martin Schulz of Germany emerges from the water in the swim portion of the men's PT4 class during the Aquece Rio Paratriathlon at Copacabana beach.

Martin Schulz

Swimming
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Germany’s Martin Schulz has dominated the PT4 class for the past two years, winning every single triathlon race he competed in between June 2013 and September 2015.

Having won world titles in 2013 in London, Great Britain, and 2014 in Edmonton, Canada, and being a four-time European champion, Schulz went into the 2015 World Championships in Chicago, USA, as the heavy favourite for gold.

The 25-year-old had a 28-second lead on Canada’s Stefan Daniel after the 750m swim in Lake Michigan. After a malfunction on the second lap of the bike, Daniel took the lead. Schulz continued to battle back, and the two athletes entered transition two after the 20km bike shoulder-to-shoulder. Schulz bolted onto the 5km run course first. But after the opening of three laps, the Canadian led the way in the deepest triathlon field. Daniel never looked back, and celebrated after rounding Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain for the final time with 100m to go.

Schulz, who was born without a left forearm, competed in his first triathlon at age 15.

His training regime includes five to six days a week working on the swimming portion, five to four days running, four to three days cycling and regular strength training.

A former swimmer, Schulz’s main goal is to improve his running and cycling in order to climb back to the top of the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
PTS5

Further personal information

Residence
Leipzig, GER
Occupation
Sales
Languages
German, English
Higher education
Administration Studies - Stadtwerke Leipzig: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para triathlon in 1996 at age six.
Club / Team
SC DHfK Leipzig: Germany
Name of coach
Tom Kosmehl [national], GER

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
European Championship
Location
Eilat, ISR

General interest

Hobbies
Skiing. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in Para triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (welt.de,13 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Ryan Lochte, German triathlete Jan Frodeno. (sparkassen-team-london.de, 05 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Only those who defeat pain have a chance of winning." (sparkassen-team-london.de, 05 Dec 2011)
Other sports
He competed in swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 18 Jun 2017)
Impairment
He was born without the lower part of his left arm as a result of the effects of dysmelia. (bvleipzig.de, 01 Sep 2014; Athlete, 21 Jan 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heats 15
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heats 18
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heats 18
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heats 13
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heats 16
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 9999
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2012-08-30 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2012-09-01 6
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2012-09-06 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men PT4 Final Round 2016-09-10 1