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Remy Nikobimeze

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Bujumbura, BDI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in September 2006 at the Muzinga Handisport Club in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Why this sport?
He considered it the most practical sport for him to get involved in considering his impairment.
Club / Team
Muzinga Handisport: Bujumbura, BDI
Name of coach
Thierry Nzambimana [national], BDI

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Burundi

General interest

Hobbies
Playing table tennis. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning bronze in T46 1500m and 5000m at an event in Morocco in 2019. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Burundian athlete Mathias Nizigama. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Burundian middle-distance runner Dieudonne Kwizera. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to inspire others with my career, and once it is over, I want to become a coach to continue helping through the sport." (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was Burundi's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2014; myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (iwacu-burundi.org, 27 Jun 2018)
Impairment
He lost his right arm during the Burundian Civil War. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2012; arib.info, 21 Aug 2012)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL HELP
He was able to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London in part thanks to a collaboration project between Burundi and the Pays de Loire region of France. His countryman Arthemon Hatungimana, who won silver in the 800m at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, was given enough money by the regional government to pay the travel expenses of five Burundian athletes to compete at a qualifying tournament in Tunisia. Nikobimeze made the qualifying standard there for the 2012 Games in London. "They also gave me the spikes, clothing and a pair of tennis shoes." (ouest-france.fr, 21 Aug 2012; arib.info, 21 Aug 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T46 Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Heat 1 2012-09-01 6
Men's 800 m T46 Heat 2 2012-09-06 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Final Round 2016-09-16 8