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Valentin Bertrand

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Bordeaux, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Physical Education - Claude Bernard University Lyon 1: France

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 15 in Bois-le-Roi, France. Prior to that he tried tennis, football and skiing.
Why this sport?
A friend encouraged him to try athletics and in 2013 he was spotted by a national team coach and invited to join an elite training group. "I was looking for a sport that would be both individual and collective. Athletics is also a very humbling sport."
Club / Team
Stade Francais Athletisme: Paris, FRA

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, French Para long jumper Marie Amelie Le Fur, French judoka Teddy Riner, French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, French biathlete Martin Fourcade, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (handisport.org, 12 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (handisport.org, 11 Sep 2020)
Impairment
He was born with hemiplegia after sustaining a stroke, which caused partial paralysis on one side of his body. "It's not a problem for me. I've always felt like I am able-bodied." (meeting-parisidf.com, 02 Jun 2014; ouest-france.fr, 03 Sep 2016; handisport.org, 12 Dec 2019)
Other information
FURTHER STUDIES
In 2019 he completed a master's degree in marketing at the KEDGE Business School in France. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T37 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 7
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-26 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T37 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Men's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2016-09-15 5
Men's 400 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-16 8
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T37 Final 1 2017-07-21 6
Men's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-22 7
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-23 6