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Tim Focken



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Sabrina, son Maxim, daughter Zoey
Oldenburg, GER
Armed Forces Athlete, Veteran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 in Germany.
Why this sport?
He had already been trained how to shoot in the army, so the sport was a natural fit.
Club / Team
SV Etzhorn: Oldenburg, GER
Name of coach
Rudi Krenn [national], GER

General interest

Timmi (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Running, cycling. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 05 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rudi Krenn. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He has kept the bullet that he was shot with in 2010. It was recovered during surgery. "I always keep it with me, in my left pocket. And apparently it actually brought me luck. That's why it has a very special meaning." (, 13 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I determine my own destiny." (, 05 Sep 2021)

"Shooting is such a highly complex sport with so many processes. You must never be negative, you always have to accept the situation and pull something positive out of the negative yourself." (, 21 Apr 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at international competitions for army veterans. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021;, 01 Feb 2014)
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (, 11 Mar 2022)
In October 2010 he was shot in his left shoulder while serving with the German armed forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The injury resulted in him losing all mobility in his left shoulder and arm. (, 05 Sep 2021;, 01 Feb 2014)
Other information
When he was shot in 2010 while serving in the German armed forces in Afghanistan, the bullet narrowly missed his head, and he was flown out of the combat area to receive life-saving surgery. He was operated on for 17 hours, and two metal plates were inserted into his shoulder. "I wanted to get an overview of my comrades who were behind me and turned around, and I was hit. I would not be sitting here otherwise [if he had not turned round]. It was a few centimetres away from my head. You never forget such events in your life, they always stay there. You can't just delete the memory. I had a lot of mental problems. Only sport brought me back. The decision to take up shooting Para sport was the best I could make." (LinkedIn profile, 22 Jun 2022; Instagram profile, 18 May 2022;, 05 Sep 2021; Athlete, 22 Aug 2021;, 21 Apr 2020;, 13 Sep 2020;, 30 Jan 2020)


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2014-07-23 27
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 17