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SIEMANN Brian
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthBrooklyn, NY, USA
Height1.57 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Coach, Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
English Literature - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing at the Mountainside Lightning Wheels club in New Jersey, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up wheelchair racing by his high school coach Joe McLaughlin during his freshman year. "He [McLaughlin] said, 'If you're willing to give it a go, I will, too'. So I went out, not knowing what I signed up for."
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with his dogs. (Instagram profile, 21 Mar 2021; Twitter profile, 08 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
His high school coach Joe McLaughlin, and his family. (catholicnews.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
I truly believe in the power of sports in helping people realise that even though you have a disability, you are capable, and there are opportunities and outlets for you. I never want to make someone feel like it's impossible. (thenation.com, 22 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 08 Mar 2021; illinois.edu, 11 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He has paraplegia due to complications following his birth as a quadruplet when he suffered spinal shock due to blood loss after a medical error. "My doctor left my umbilical catheter open which caused me to lose a third of the blood in my body." (newyork.cbslocal.com, 02 Nov 2016; tcsnycmarathon.org, 01 Nov 2016; catholicnews.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Other information
SIBLING MARATHON
He is a quadruplet and in 2016 competed in the New York City Marathon with his three sisters Amanda, Maria and Jessica. He raced in the wheelchair division while they ran the course as able-bodied participants. "I've always talked about the sense of accomplishment I get from finishing the New York City Marathon, and I think that's what motivated them to do it. I think for us to do this all together in a sport we never even considered doing when we were younger is a huge highlight in our lives." (runningmagazine.ca, 07 Nov 2016; tcsnycmarathon.org, 01 Nov 2016; teamusa.org, 23 Aug 2012)

FURTHER EDUCATION, TEACHING AND COACHING
He works as a learning disabilities specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America, where he previously completed a master's degree in special education. He also works as an athletics coach at the university. (Twitter profile, 08 Mar 2021; disability.illinois.edu, 01 Jul 2020; teamusa.org, 01 Dec 2019; Facebook profile, 21 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 400m T53  DSQ
6 2012 100m T53 15.39
8 2012 800m T53 1:43.09
Round 1 2012 200m T53 26.78
25 2012 Marathon T54 1:45:51
7 2016 100m T53 15.23
5 2016 400m T53 50.20
4 2016 800m T53 1:41.11
12 2021 5000m T54 10:20.64
4 2021 400m T53 49.61
16 2021 1500m T54 3:03.84
9 2021 100m T53 15.32
8 2021 800m T53 1:47.18
15 2021 Marathon T54 1:44:42
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2011 100m T53 16.34
10 2011 200m T53 28.91
7 2011 400m T53 54.18
4 2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:33.68
5 2013 400m T53 51.38
8 2013 800m T53 1:50.24
6 2013 200m T53 27.04
6 2013 100m T53 15.53
Semifinal 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  
11 2015 1500m T54 3:07.60
20 2015 5000m T54 11:33.13
4 2015 400m T53 50.63
4 2015 800m T53 1:41.00
23 2017 1500m T54 3:20.75
6 2017 200m T53 26.88
6 2017 400m T53 51.47
5 2017 800m T53 1:43.63
6 2017 100m T53 15.38
10 2017 5000m T54 13:40.07
6 2019 100m T53 15.28
6 2019 400m T53 51.17
4 2019 800m T53 1:41.63
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
22 2019 Marathon T54 1:51:27