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Pierre Fairbank

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Family
One daughter [2010]
Residence
Nouméa, NCL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1989.
Why this sport?
He became interested in the sport after reading an article in a magazine. "It is an individual sport, with a great sensation of speed, and we use high-tech equipment."
Club / Team
Handi Club Caledonien: Nouméa, NCL
Name of coach
Olivier Deniaud [national], FRA

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
France

General interest

Hobbies
DIY, fishing, spending time with his family. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming eight medals at the Paralympic Games, and 14 more at the world championships. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Olivier Deniaud and David Gouze, and French Paralympian Claude Issorat. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
French wheelchair racer Claude Issorat. (dicodusport.fr, 01 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is more beautiful when you smile." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named New Caledonia's Sportsman of the Year in 2008 by the Territorial Olympic and Sports Committee. (franceolympique.com, 16 Nov 2010)

He has been named a Knight of the Legion of Honour [in 2000], an Officer of the Order of National Merit and a Commander of the Order of National Merit [in 2008] in France. (pierrefairbank.com, 01 Jan 2018; Caledonie Ensemble, 23 Apr 2019)
Milestones
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he became the first French Para athletics competitor to have competed at five editions of the Paralympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2021)

At the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, his bronze medals in the T53 800m and T53 200m events made him the first French Para athletics competitor to have won seven and then eight career medals at the world championships. At the 2017 World Championships in London, England, he became the first French Para athletics competitor to win 13 and then 14 career world championship medals. His compatriot Marie-Amelie Le Fur was the first French Para athletics competitor to win 10, 11 and 12 career world championship medals, which she achieved at the 2015 edition. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2021)

At the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, he became the first French Para athletics competitor to have competed at six editions of the world championships. He has since extended that record to be the first French Para athletics competitor to compete at seven [2017] and eight [2019] editions of the tournament. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To win a marathon race. (handisport.org, 05 Dec 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of myelitis, which involves inflammation of the spinal cord. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a councillor for the city of Noumea, New Caledonia, as vice-president of the accessibility commission. "I have worked to make the city more accessible. We were behind in comparison with Australia and New Zealand, and we tried to fill this gap." (la1ere.francetvinfo.fr, 20 Apr 2019; noumea.nc, 05 Apr 2018)

CAREER
He discovered Para sport after spotting an article in a magazine about the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled [FESPIC]. In 1993 he left New Caledonia for Toulouse in mainland France, in order to continue his studies. He later relocated to Montpellier where he took up more serious training and earned his first call up to the French national team in 1998. Later, he earned his diploma as a Para sports educator and returned to New Caledonia. "I applied for a job as a Para sport education professional and began working with school children [in New Caledonia]. Sport motivates people to improve and allows people with an impairment to become more autonomous. This creates a social link that is needed in order to be happy." (dicodusport.fr, 01 May 2018; telestar.fr, 15 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 8
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Final Round 3
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 3 3
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 1 9999
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 5
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Final Round 2
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Final Round 3
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 3 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 4
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 8
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 3 2
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 3
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T55 Final Round 12
Men's 800 m T54 Final Round 5
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m T54 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m T54 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Final Round 2
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 3 2
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 4
Men's 4x400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-24 9999
Men's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 1 2011-01-25 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-27 5
Men's Marathon T53/54 Final 2011-01-30 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-02 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-04 3
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-07 6
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-21 6
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-22 3
Men's 800 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 6
Men's 200 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 3
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-24 3
Men's 100 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 6
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-26 5
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-27 5
Men's Marathon T54 Final 1 2013-07-28 9999
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-22 2
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-25 2
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-25 4
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-27 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-27 6
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-29 2
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-29 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 3 2016-09-09 2
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2016-09-10 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-14 2
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 2016-09-16 9999
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 9
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-18 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-18 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-19 3
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-20 2
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-23 4
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 4