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Stylianos Malakopoulos

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F62, T62

Further personal information

Residence
Thessaloniki, GRE
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Economics - University of Macedonia: Thessaloniki, GRE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Why this sport?
"I woke up in the hospital after the accident, after five days of sedation, and I realised I had suffered a double amputation. From the first moment it hit me, and my friends came to see me, I told them I would become an athlete again, I will do something again. I wanted to make my family and the Greek people proud of me."
Name of coach
Dimitrios Tsiftsoglou [personal], GRE, from 2017

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Hobbies
Watching basketball, travel. (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dimitrios Tsiftsoglou. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Greek basketball player Dimitris Diamantidis. (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well." (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he was named Top Athlete with an Impairment at the Gazzetta Awards 2020 by Garmin. (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020)
Impairment
In 2015 he was involved in a car accident, which resulted in the amputation of both his legs below the knee. (ethnos.gr, 26 Mar 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; amna.gr, 24 Feb 2018)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied at the law department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. (gazzetta.gr, 29 Dec 2020)