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Tom Malutedi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T44, F44

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in March 2017 in Oberhausen, Germany.
Why this sport?
He initially played football but was told that he was in danger of damaging his leg if he continued playing due to his impairment. He then tried boxing before a friend suggested athletics.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany

General interest

Hero / Idol
German boxer Abass Baraou. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Injuries
Sickness meant he missed the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (sport-rhein-erft.de, 06 Nov 2019)

In 2019 he focused on high jump rather than sprinting due to injury. (tsvbayer04.de, 12 May 2019)

He missed most of the 2018 season through injury. (tsvbayer04.de, 16 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My time is limited so why should I waste it and think about losing." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Other sports
He boxed in the German Bundesliga, contesting his last fight in March 2017, before taking up Para athletics. (sportstiftung-nrw.de, 14 May 2018; Parasport TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Facebook page, 18 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 21 Aug 2020)
Impairment
His left leg is shorter than his right leg. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Other information
SWITCH FROM BOXING
He gave up boxing in March 2017 after he collapsed following a bout in Hamburg, Germany. He was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage and advised to stop boxing, so he joined the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen athletics club on the advice of German 400m runner Joshua Abuaku. "In the hospital I wondered if my desire to box was worth the risk. I knew that I could not do that to my family and friends. I have often experienced lows in my life, but whenever a door slams shut, another one opens." (sportstiftung-nrw.de, 14 May 2018; waz.de, 24 Jul 2017)

FUTURE PLANS
He is a qualified gymnastics teacher and plans to work in the health sector when he retires from athletics. "My dream is to someday work as a self-employed physical therapist." (sportstiftung-nrw.de, 14 May 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2017-07-23 1