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ADOLPHE Timothée
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthVersailles, FRA
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired, Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Jeffrey Lami; Bruno Naprix
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Tilem [2019]
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2000 in Guyancourt, France.
Why this sport?
After watching the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney on television, he was inspired to get involved in sports by an athlete who had a similar impairment to him. "The club of my hometown, Guyancourt, didn't have an impaired sport section, but they decided to help me." He later relocated to Angers, France, to pursue his studies, but didn't have the chance to continue with the sport. In the meantime he took up torball in 2005 and made the national team before switching once again to Para athletics in 2011, after being advised by a friend to go to Charlety, France, where he met coach Arthemon Hatungimana. "It was my personal revenge against my fate."
Club / Team
Paris Universite Club: France
Name of coach
Arthemon Hatungimana [club], from 2011
Training Regime
He trains for more than 20 hours a week at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
El Luchador, Tim, Guepard Blanc [White Cheetah]. (Facebook page, 03 Aug 2014; tmrit.officiel.free.fr, 22 Nov 2011; rfi.fr, 10 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
French basketball player Tony Parker, US basketball player Michael Jordan, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He had a hamstring injury one month before the 2017 World Championships in London that affected his preparation. (lefigaro.fr, 22 Aug 2018)

In 2017 he sustained peritendinitis in his Achilles tendon. (enroutepourrio.eu, 02 Mar 2017)

He suffered a shoulder injury during the semifinal of the 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury later required surgery. (stadion-actu.fr, 26 Feb 2017)

He still competed at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, after having sustained a torn calf muscle before the selection process. (sans-filtre.fr, 14 Aug 2018)

He had appendicitis in 2012 and required an operation. (le13dumois.fr, 13 Jul 2012)

He has suffered a torn hamstring and a double inguinal hernia during his career. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Persistence and determination." (sans-filtre.fr, 14 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has represented France in torball, an indoor ball game for people with visual impairments. (Facebook page, 09 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (enroutepourrio.eu, 16 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He was born with congenital glaucoma. At age three he lost the vision in his right eye. At age 17 he still had 20% vision in his left eye, but he then lost his sight completely after sustaining a blow to the face in a fall. (leparisien.fr, 13 Jun 2018; mouv.fr, 07 Nov 2019)
Other information
DISQUALIFICATIONS
Throughout his career he has experienced several disqualifications at major events. At the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales, he was disqualified for a false start from his guide during the 100m final. At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he was disqualified from the 400m semifinal after having stepped out of his lane line. At the 2017 World Championships in London, England, he was disqualified in the 200m final after he pushed his guide, causing him to lose balance and to cross the finish line first. Also at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, he was once again disqualified from the 200m event because he was not wearing his race number. "I am a determined person, so I will continue on as long as I get the reward that I deserve due to all the work I have done with my guides and my coach. Now they are just details to work on so these sort of situations won't happen again." (stadion-actu.fr, 25 Aug 2018; sans-filtre.fr, 14 Aug 2018)

GUIDES
From 2014 he began working alongside two guides, a number which later increased to four, to divide between race distances and competitions. "I am certainly the athlete with most guides! I have four, two for competitions and two for training. Having so many guides is not that common. But I think I am obliged to do so if the goal is to become a better professional. Each one of them, with his own identity, is useful for this project." (newsroom.em-strasbourg.eu, 08 Feb 2019; lanouvellerepublique.fr, 11 Aug 2018; sans-filtre.fr, 14 Aug 2018)

MUSIC
He is a hip hop music enthusiast and was a member of a band called TMRIT, but had to leave it in order to focus on his training. In 2019 recorded his first hip hop single called 'Olympe'. He is known under the artistic name of 'MC.' "I began writing at age 13. At the beginning it was more slam texts rather than rap. I then switched naturally to rap because my sister listened to it and my cousin composed. It's true that I quickly liked the protest side [of music]." (Facebook page, 02 Oct 2019; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 23 Aug 2018; sans-filtre.fr, 14 Aug 2018; mouv.fr, 07 Nov 2019)

BOOK
A book about his life was published in 2016 by French writer Redwan Telha. (lesinrocks.com, 18 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2016 100m T11 11.28
Round 1 2016 400m T11  DSQ
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 200m T11 23.89
3 2013 400m T11 52.13
3 2015 400m T11 51.61
Semifinal 2015 200m T11 23.78
4 2017 400m T11  DSQ
4 2017 200m T11  DSQ
1 2019 400m T11 50.91
2 2019 100m T11 11.03
  2019 Universal Relay  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m T11  DSQ
1 2014 200m T11 23.90
1 2014 400m T11 52.87
2 2014 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 45.89
1 2016 100m T11 11.43
1 2016 200m T11 23.19
3 2016 400m T12  DSQ
1 2018 100m T11 11.17
3 2018 200m T11  DSQ
2 2018 Universal Relay 49.40