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Ranki Oberoi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 15 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He switched to Para athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to try athletics after watching Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. "Bolt inspired me so much that I decided to start athletics. I didn't know anything about athletics before 2009. Then I saw Bolt and said, 'I want to do the same thing, I want to be like him'. In 2014 I switched to the long jump because in the T20 there are no 100m runners, but now I am a very good long jumper."
Club / Team
Rotterdam Atletiek: Netherlands
Name of coach
Arno Mul [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains six days a week. He works on core strength on Wednesdays and Saturdays, sprints on Mondays and Thursdays, and does long jump training on Tuesdays and Fridays.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Swansea, WAL

General interest

Nicknames
Ranks, Virgil (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Spending time with family. (Mobiel Magazine, 01 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T20 long jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His siblings. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US long jumper Mike Powell. (paralympic.org, 13 Nov 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He injured his knee in 2015 and was out of action for five months. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nobody should be ashamed of their limitations. Perseverance and hard work make you stronger. Believe me, you wouldn't want to miss it for anything." (ad.nl, 20 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied long jump at the 2021 Dutch Indoor Championships in Apeldoorn, where he placed seventh. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Mar 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Mobiel Magazine, 01 May 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with an intellectual impairment in 2009. "My coach needs more time to explain things. I often have difficulty remembering instructions and performing well." (ad.nl, 20 Nov 2019; dehavenloods.nl, 21 Feb 2019)
Other information
LATE DIAGNOSIS
He was bullied when he was younger because of his delayed speech development, but his intellectual impairment was not diagnosed until he was age 16. "When I was 13 I was not very good at speaking Dutch. Many children at school thought I came from abroad, but I was born in the Netherlands. I was very ashamed. I didn't want everyone to know that I had a disability. In the end I came out of it and I was able to achieve a lot. I'm proud of it, especially because people realise what I can do now." (ad.nl, 20 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2015-10-24 5
Men's Long Jump T20 WR Attempt 2015-10-24 5
Men's Triple Jump T20 Final 1 2015-10-30 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T20 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2017-07-16 4