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Torben Schmidtke

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Languages
German, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000 at age 11 in school.
Why this sport?
He followed his cousin and brother who also started swimming in school.
Club / Team
SC Potsdam: Germany
Name of coach
Ute Schinkitz [national], GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In April 2016 an illness prevented him from competing at the Swim Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Facebook page, 04 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sports should be fun. Results will only come with fun. Don't be discouraged when you fail but look forward and believe in yourself." (schwimmteam-potsdam.de, Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2012 and 2016 he received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in recognition of his performances at the Paralympic Games. (Facebook page, 02 Nov 2016; bundespraesident.de, 07 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 06 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He was born with dysmelia in his legs, and three fingers on his left hand. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Other information
BREAK
He took a break from competition after participating at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to competitive swimming in April 2017 at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state championships in Germany. (Facebook page, 06 Apr 2017; lsb-mv.de, 01 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-08-31 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2012-09-05 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2013-08-14 11
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2015-07-15 13
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-16 11
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-17 9
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-19 15
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-11 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2016-09-15 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2016-09-15 3