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DEMISSE Tamiru
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ethiopia   
GenderMen
Age29
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F13, T13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sulutu, ETH
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Amharic, English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He began Para athletics after a teacher invited him to try it out. His mother was reluctant to let him participate in the sport at first. "She was very scared, she said it was not good for me and she did not want me running."
Club / Team
Oromia Water Works Athletics Club: Sulutu, ETH
Training Regime
He trains for more than 10 hours a week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in T13 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Awol Hussem. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Ethiopian long-distance runners Kenenisa Bekele and Abebe Bikila. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was Ethiopia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (uol.com.br, 20 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He started losing his vision at age 10. His family sought medical help, but no diagnosis was made. "To this day I don't know what made me lose my eyesight. I've had some treatments, but none of them helped much." (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016; behance.net, 20 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 1500m T13 3:48.49
Round 1 2016 400m T13  DNS
7 2021 1500m T13 3:59.08
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2015 800m T13  DNS