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Paul Nitz

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Residence
Minnetrista, MN, USA
Occupation
Insurance Officer
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Southwest Minnesota State University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics at the 1991 National Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
It was suggested to him by a friend.
Name of coach
Jimmy Cuevas, USA, from 2015
Training Regime
He trains five to six days per week.

International debut

Year
1992
Competing for
United States

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four Paralympic gold medals over five different Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered from a staph infection in early 2004 which resulted in him being hospitalised for three months and undergoing multiple surgeries. Although he was able to recover in time to compete at the 2004 Paralympic Athens, the lingering effects of the illness forced him to miss the 2008 Games in Beijing. (startribune.com, 18 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
In 1995 he won the New England Wheelchair Athlete Association's Male Athlete of the Year Award. (thehartford.com, 12 Oct 2010)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball at university. (thehartford.com, 12 Oct 2010)
Impairment
Nerves in his neck were damaged during his breech birth, which resulted in paraplegia. (nytimes.com, 15 Oct 2000)
Other information
BREAK
He took a two-year break away from the sport after participating at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He made his return to elite competition in January 2015. (startribune.com, 18 Jun 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m TW2 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m TW2 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m TW2 Heat 2 4
Men's 200 m TW2 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m TW2 Final Round 6
Men's 4x100 m TW1-2 Final Round 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 2 4
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T52 Heat 2 5
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 9999
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 8
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 2 4
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 6
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 5
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T51 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T51 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m T51 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m T51 Heat 2 4
Men's 400 m T51 Final Round 6
Men's 800 m T51 Heat 2 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T52 Final 2011-01-23 5
Men's 100 m T52 Final 2011-01-24 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-03 3
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-08 6
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2015-10-27 6
Men's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-27 6