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Styliani Smaragdi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jason Natzios
Residence
Thessaloniki, GRE
Occupation
Legal Professional
Languages
English, German, Greek
Higher education
Law - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Greece

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in athletics in 2005 at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. She took up Para athletics three years later.
Why this sport?
"I started athletics because I love the feeling of running. Also, I wanted an individual sport to release the energy I had when I was young."
Club / Team
AS Elpida Thessaloniki: Greece
Name of coach
Thomas Pantos [national], GRE

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Greece
Location
Tunisia

General interest

Nicknames
Stella (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Hobbies
Travel, reading, gardening, decorating. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in T47 long jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Thomas Pantos. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Hero / Idol
Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Injuries
In July 2020 she fractured the fibula bone in her left leg during a competition and had to undergo surgery. She needed six months to recover. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My hand is my strength." (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Greek Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.gr, 16 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2021)
Impairment
She has brachial plexus palsy, a condition affecting the nerves that control the muscles in her right arm. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; paralympic.gr, 02 Jun 2013)
Other information
STUDIES
She chose to study law to contribute to the sporting community in Greece. "I didn't really think about other studies, law was my first choice because I want to contribute to society. I want to deal with the sporting part of law and, if I can, change some things, not only for people with impairments but also in terms of improving conditions for all athletes." (news247.gr, 21 Nov 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F46 Final 2011-01-24 10
Women's 400 m T46 Final 2011-01-27 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F46 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Women's 100 m T46 Heat 1 2012-09-04 4
Women's 100 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T46 Final 1 2013-07-23 5
Women's 100 m T46 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 13
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-23 5
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 3 2015-10-29 15
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-08 10
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 1 2016-09-10 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-18 8
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 5