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ROMANCHUK Daniel
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthBaltimore, MD, USA
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - Parkland Community College: Champaign, IL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five at the Bennett Blazers club in Baltimore, MD, United States of America. He began competing in marathons at age 14.
Why this sport?
His mother got him involved in the sport.
Club / Team
University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing Team: Champaign, IL, USA
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney [club], USA
Training Regime
He trains six days a week at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, United States of America, and covers 100 miles per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
3D printing. (clifbar.com, 01 Sep 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Adam Bleakney, and his mother. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; clifbar.com, 01 May 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He eats a tortilla with peanut butter and jelly, and drinks coffee three to four hours before a race. (Clif Bar & Company YouTube Channel, 04 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My wheelchair is freedom. I'm not bound to it or confined by it, and it's taken me around the world. To me, that's what sport is about, being free to push yourself past where you or others think you can go." (clifbar.com, 01 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named a US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American for nine events [100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, discus, javelin, shot put]. (fredericknewspost.com, 08 Sep 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para swimming and Para triathlon at national level in United States of America, and played wheelchair basketball and Para ice hockey for the Bennett Blazers in Baltimore, MD, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Dec 2018; nyrr.org, 2016; pvamag.com, 15 May 2013)
Milestones
In 2019, at age 20, he became the youngest winner of the wheelchair race in the Boston Marathon in the United States of America. (baa.org, 16 Apr 2019; paralympic.org, 16 Apr 2019)

In 2018 he became the first US male wheelchair racer to win the New York Marathon in the United States of America. He was also the youngest male wheelchair athlete from any nation to have claimed victory in the race. (nyrr.org, 04 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 07 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His mother Kim Romanchuk played college basketball at Oakland University in Michigan, United States of America. (abcnews.go.com, 15 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (disabledsportsusa.org, 01 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida, a condition where the spine and spinal cord does not develop properly in the womb. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
RACE ORGANISER
In 2020, together with his mother Kim, he organised the Virtual Roller Marathon event in honour of the postponed 2020 Boston Marathon in the United States of America, allowing participants to race on a coordinated online platform. "It was a very unique but wonderful morning. To be able to see everyone come together and push like this, it's amazing. Another great thing about this is that it wasn't specific to those who had signed up for Boston. Anyone could join. I think it was a great opportunity for people to get to know each other. It really did feel like a marathon morning. You're getting up, making breakfast, just going through that routine of a race morning." (teamusa.org, 20 Apr 2020)

MENTOR
He has acted as a mentor for young Para athletes. In 2020, he took part in a series of webinars covering care and maintenance of wheelchair racing equipment. "Over the past few months [2020] I've been working out a few times a week with some of the athletes from my youth programme. Along with another racer, we have developed a nine-week series on the maintenance and troubleshooting of our racing equipment. I remember getting started in the sport and being terrified to even pump up my tyres because I didn't know how everything worked. So we hope to help the young generation get into this sport and enjoy it." (CBS Boston YouTube Channel, 13 Sep 2020; Facebook page, 03 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 10:40.40
Round 1 2016 400m T54 49.15
Round 1 2016 1500m T54 3:07.93
Round 1 2016 800m T54 1:39.29
Round 1 2016 100m T54 15.61
4 2021 5000m T54 10:30.50
1 2021 400m T54 45.72
5 2021 1500m T54 2:50.86
4 2021 800m T54 1:34.48
3 2021 Marathon T54 1:29:05
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
18 2015 1500m T54 3:24.16
Heats 2015 800m T54 1:42.88
17 2017 1500m T54 3:14.09
7 2017 800m T54 1:36.27
1 2019 800m T54 1:32.81
5 2019 1500m T54 3:02.95
4 2019 5000m T54 10:33.55
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 Marathon T54 1:33:37