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Niklas Almers

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Mjällby, SWE
Occupation
Physiotherapist
Languages
Swedish, English
Higher education
Science, Sport Management - Linnaeus University: Sweden

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 14 in Karlskrona, Sweden.
Why this sport?
He was involved in Para dance sport as a boy and was asked by another dancer if he wanted to go to the 2005 Swedish Youth Games. He accepted the offer and his athletics career progressed from there.
Club / Team
IFK Vaxjo: Sweden
Name of coach
Ingela Nilsson [personal, national], SWE, from 2012

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Sweden

General interest

Nicknames
Quick Nick (Facebook profile, 26 May 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father Johan, who has also coached him. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol
Film character Rocky Balboa. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010; paralympics.se, 16 Sep 2015)
Injuries
He broke the femur bone in his leg during training in January 2019. He returned to training in August and competition in September 2019. (smp.se, 02 Sep 2019; sverigesradio.se, 31 Jan 2019)

He was suffering with a minor knee injury in March 2018. (sverigesradio.se, 13 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible, it just takes more time." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015; paralympics.se, 16 Sep 2015)

"If it is to be, it is up to me." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para dance sport and was Swedish national champion in 2010 and 2011. He has also represented Sweden in wheelchair handball, winning bronze at the 2016 European Championships. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2010; shif.se, 28 Nov 2010; funkaforlivet.blogspot.com, 09 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sverigesradio.se, 13 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He has spina bifida. He used crutches until age seven, at which point he got a wheelchair because he realised it helped him move around faster. At age 14 he received a racing chair. "Competition is very fierce, but Michael Phelps is built to swim and I'm built to run a racing wheelchair." (svt.se, 20 Jun 2012)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR DANCING
He says that wheelchair dance has helped him improve in athletics, and vice versa. "I get the agility for athletics through dance and the fitness to dance from athletics." (bltsydostran.se, 01 Jun 2012; sverigesradio.se, 09 May 2012)

COMMENTATOR
Having failed to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he was approached by Swedish Radio to be an expert commentator for Para athletics. "To get to be a commentator along with Jacob Hard [Swedish journalist] during those two weeks became an experience for life. Not just because of the incredible achievements we got to experience and share, but also because of the knowledge of how things work on the other side of the camera." (funkaforlivet.blogspot.com, 09 Jun 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-22 5
Men's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2011-01-22 7
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2011-01-24 3
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 1 2011-01-25 4
Men's 200 m T54 Final 2011-01-26 8
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-27 3
Men's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2011-01-27 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-01 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 3 2013-07-23 11
Men's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-22 7
Men's 200 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-22 7
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-25 9
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-27 18
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-14 13
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-18 11