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Swimmer pushing herself off the wall in the pool.

Sarah Louise Rung

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Rung's first major international competition was the 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships Short Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she took silver in the 100m freestyle, just one year following back surgery which resulted in damaged nerves.

Formerly a 'hobby swimmer' as her coach Morten Eklund called it, she picked up where she left off in the pool, but this time with a different focus; the focus of an international athlete.

In 2010 she won three gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and in 2011 added four further titles at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany.

At London 2012, her first Paralympics, the S5 swimmer won two gold medals in 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle defeating her biggest rivals Ukraine's Nataliia Prologaieva and Spanish swimming legend Teresa Perales. She took home silver medals from the 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke.

In a continuation of the form she has experienced in recent years, Rung collected four gold medals and one bronze at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Monteal, Canada. She repeated that performance in Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2015, adding a silver in the 100m freestyle and winning all of her country's gold medals.

Keen not to disappoint on the European stage, Rung won the same four golds in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her friendly rivalry with Perales also reached an incredible new height at the 2016 European Open with the pair tying to share gold in the 100m freestyle.

A few months later, Rung left Rio 2016 as Norway's most successful athlete having won two of her country's three gold medals.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Stavanger, NOR
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Civil Engineering - University of Stavanger: Norway

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport with her sister. "Swimming has always been in my family."
Club / Team
Stavanger SK: Norway
Name of coach
Morten Eklund [club, national], NOR

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Reykjavík, ISL

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the S5 50m butterfly and S5 200m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and breaking the world record in the 100m breaststroke. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Morten Eklund, her sister Victoria, and her teammates. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no shortcuts to the places worth going." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vg.no, 18 Sep 2016)

She was named the 2010 and 2011 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year and the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Norwegian Sport Gala. (idrettgala.no, 2018)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Victoria Rung represented Norway in swimming at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (aftenposten.no, 22 Nov 2018; universiade2013.sportresult.com, 01 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 15 Apr 2019)
Impairment
In September 2008 she underwent an operation on her back. Some of her nerves were severed during the procedure, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; aftenposten.no, 22 Jun 2011)
Other information
SISTERHOOD
Her sister Victoria has also competed in swimming at an elite level, representing Norway at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. "I am grateful to have been able to share great moments with her. She inspires me to work hard and set great goals. She has definitely taught me the importance of the hard, hard work and dedication that you need to be able to achieve your goals, and I hope I can show other athletes the same," Sarah Louise said. (aftenposten.no, 22 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2016)

OCCUPATION
She works as a consultant for Olympiatoppen, an organisation that is part of Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committees. She is responsible for promoting and developing Para sport at national and local level. "The goal is to reduce the differences in sports and get more people active." (aftenbladet.no, 06 Feb 2019; olympiatoppen.no, 01 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-09-01 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2012-09-07 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2013-08-12 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2013-08-15 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2013-08-17 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-17 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-15 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2015-07-16 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2016-09-11 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2016-09-15 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-02 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2017-12-02 9999
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2017-12-04 4
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-06 2