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Mathias Mester



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Esslingen, GER
Higher education
Administration Studies, Construction, Draughting

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was invited to an athletics trial training session.
Club / Team
FC Kaiserslautern: Germany
Name of coach
Markus Reichle [personal], GER

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Assen, NED

General interest

Matze (, 04 Oct 2013)
Football, spending time with friends. (, 27 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injury prevented him from competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (, 04 Oct 2019)

A knee injury meant he missed the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 09 Oct 2015)

He competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games despite sustaining an injury two weeks before the Games. (, 26 Aug 2016)

In March 2010 he injured his back during a strength session. He underwent surgery on the injury five months later. (, 01 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whether small or tall, we are all just people." (, 14 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Rhineland-Palatinate Sportsperson of the Year in Mainz, Germany. (, 13 Jan 2019)

In 2007, 2016 and 2017 he was named Sportsman of the Year in Coesfeld, Germany. (, 04 Aug 2018;, 18 Jan 2008)

He was named the 2008 Paralympic Sports Personality of the Year in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (, 14 Apr 2009)

In 2008 he was presented with the Felix Award by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (, 14 Jan 2008)

He was named the 2007 German Para Athlete of the Year. (, 2016)

He has received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Bay Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (, 01 Dec 2010)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Dec 2019)
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (, 01 Dec 2010)
Other information
He worked as a reporter for German television during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 10 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F40 Final Round 4
Men's Javelin F40 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F40 Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F40 Final Round 2012-09-07 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F41 Final 1 2013-07-21 4
Men's Javelin F41 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F41 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F41 Final 1 2017-07-17 3