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Walid Ktila of Tunisia crosses the line to win the Mens 200m T34 final at the London World Para Athletics Championships.

Walid Ktila

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A relative late comer to the competitive scene, Walid Ktila wasted no time in making his mark in the T34 class and has dominated the world stage in recent years, achieving a clean sweep of four gold medals at each of the last three World Championships.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games he stole the show with gold in both the 100m and 200m T34.

In Lyon, France, at the 2013 World Championships he did even better, topping the podium in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T34 events.

No major events in 2014 did not hinder Ktila’s rapid progress. Between February and May he set new world records in the 100m (15.33), 200m (26.69), 400m (50.04) and 800m (1:42.33).

Then in May 2015 at a meeting in Arbon, Switzerland, Ktila broke two of his own world records, first in the 800m T34 where he knocked more than two seconds off his previous best, crossing the line in 1:40.21, then in the 100m T34 where he took the tape in 14.95.

The Tunisian proved unstoppable at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where he successfully defended all four of his titles – the only athlete to notch up four individual golds in the Middle East.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games his gold medal run at major events came to an end. Despite lowering the Paralympic record twice on his way to 100m T34 (15:14) gold, he was beaten into silver in the 800m by the UAE’s Mohamed Alhammadi.

But he was back at the top of the podium at London 2017, again winning a phenomenal four world titles with new championship records in each event.

Ktila also lowered his own world records during the 2017 season. He clocked 26.21 over 200m in Arbon, Switzerland in May, then knocked a further 0.03 seconds off days later at the nearby Nottwil Grand Prix. He also lowered his 400m best to 49.08 in Arbon.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Arabic, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2003.
Why this sport?
"I love my sport because it helps me surpass my disability."

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Tunisia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and winning two gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; paralympic.org, 29 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Abdallah Mechraoui. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli, Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei, British wheelchair racer David Weir, Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; paralympic.org, 15 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2017 at the Tunis Afrique Presse Awards. (tap.info.tn, 23 Jan 2016; tunisports.net, 28 Dec 2017)

He was named Athlete of the Month for July 2013 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (insidethegames.biz, 30 Aug 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T34 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 200 m T34 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
Men's 100 m T34 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T34 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Men's 100 m T34 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 1
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-25 1
Men's 400 m T34 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 1
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-23 1
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-24 1
Men's 800 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-25 1
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-27 2
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-28 1
Men's 200 m T34 Heat 1 2015-10-30 4
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 2 2016-09-11 1
Men's 100 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 800 m T34 Heat 1 2016-09-13 1
Men's 800 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-15 1
Men's 100 m T34 Heat 2 2017-07-15 1
Men's 400 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Men's 800 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-20 1
Men's 200 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-21 1