Niko Kappel1 March 1995 Gmuend, Germany
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- London 2017 World Championships – gold: shot put F41
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – gold: shot put F41
- Grosseto 2016 European Championships – silver: shot put F40/41
- Doha 2015 World Championships – silver: shot put F41
Germany’s charismatic thrower Niko Kappel only stepped up to senior international competition in 2015 – but within two years he was a Paralympic and world champion.
Less than a year later he had improved on that mark significantly, throwing 13.57m to take his first Paralympic title in Rio de Janeiro.
It was a nail-biting competition, with Kappel sitting in second place for four of his six attempts. In the end just one centimetre separated the German from Poland’s Bartosz Tyskowski, who had beaten Kappel to the world title in 2015.
Kappel received Germany’s national Silberne Lorbeerblatt award (Silver Laurel Leaf) in recognition of his performance at the Games; he was also presented with the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year Award by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany.
At the London 2017 World Championships Kappel clinched his first world title with a new best of 13.81m.
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