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Zsolt Vereczkei

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB6, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Baja, HUN
Occupation
Athlete, Client Services
Languages
Hungarian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1988 in Budapest, Hungary.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as a form of therapy. "I liked water sports and was interested in it."
Club / Team
Bajai Spartacus Sport Egyesulet: Baja, HUN
Name of coach
Annamaria Sebok [personal], HUN, from 2016

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and breaking the world record in the S5 50m backstroke at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and former coach Ferenc Pass. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In February 2018 he received the Halassy Oliver Prize from the Hungarian Paralympic Committee. (sugopart.hu, 23 Feb 2018)

He has received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. (nlcafe.hu, 07 Sep 2016)
Impairment
Both of his arms have been amputated below the elbow. (nemzetisport.hu, 06 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 8
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Heat 2 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 15
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 10
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Malta 1994 (Malta, Malta)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 10
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 9999
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heats 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 2
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley SM5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-08-30 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2012-09-06 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2012-09-06 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2016-09-16 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 3