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Tamiru Demisse



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
F13, T13

Further personal information

Sulutu, ETH
Amharic, English, Portuguese

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He began Para athletics after a teacher invited him to try it out. His mother was reluctant to let him participate in the sport at first. "She was very scared, she said it was not good for me and she did not want me running."
Club / Team
Oromia Water Works Athletics Club: Sulutu, ETH
Training Regime
He trains for more than 10 hours a week.

General interest

Listening to music. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in T13 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Awol Hussem. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Ethiopian long-distance runners Kenenisa Bekele and Abebe Bikila. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was Ethiopia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 20 Aug 2019)
He started losing his vision at age 10. His family sought medical help, but no diagnosis was made. "To this day I don't know what made me lose my eyesight. I've had some treatments, but none of them helped much." (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016;, 20 Nov 2018)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-23 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Men's 400 m T13 Heat 1 2016-09-13 9999