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MANNI Henry
Sport Para athletics, Para ice hockey
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age26
Place of BirthLahti, FIN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34, F34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lohja, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Sports Administrator
Languages
Finnish
Higher education
Physical Education - Pajulahti Sports Institute: Nastola, FIN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para canoe at age 10 before later switching to Para athletics.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Leo-Pekka Tahti win a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Club / Team
Lansi-Uudenmaan Urheilijat : Lohja, FIN
Name of coach
Juha Heinanen [personal], FIN, from 2017; Jukka Kesala [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Finland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Canoeing, wheelchair basketball, maintaining his website, going to the cinema. (henrymanni.com, 01 Sep 2017; eevsku.fi, 21 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T34 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 09 May 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish wheelchair racer Leo-Pekka Tahti. (paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Constraints are only in your own head." (henrymanni.com, 30 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2016 he was named Athlete of the Year in Lohja, Finland. (lansi-uusimaa.fi, 02 Feb 2017)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in Para canoe sprint at the 2010 World Championships in Poznan, Poland. (tfp.fi, 09 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Tuomas has represented Finland in Para athletics, and also competed in Para swimming at national youth level. (yleisurheilu.fi, 16 May 2014; lansi-uusimaa.fi, 01 Mar 2013)
Impairment
He was born with paraparesis. His ability to walk unsupported deteriorated at a young age, which reduced his walking range to a few hundred metres without support. (paralympia.fi, 02 May 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works for the Finnish Sports Association for People with an Impairment [VAU], organising physical activities for children. (Facebook profile, 28 May 2018; eevsku.fi, 21 Apr 2017)

WEBSITE
He and his national teammate Aleksi Kirjonen run a website called 'Rajoitteet ovat vain omassa paassa' [Constraints are only in your own head]. They post videos of themselves performing stunts and tricks with their wheelchairs. (rovop.fi, 21 Mar 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T34 15.46
4 2016 800m T34 1:41.92
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 200m T34 30.70
6 2013 100m T34 16.85
4 2013 800m T34 1:54.03
5 2013 400m T34 55.39
2 2015 400m T34 53.68
3 2015 800m T34 1:46.92
5 2015 100m T34 16.32
3 2015 200m T34 28.58
5 2017 100m T34 15.88
3 2017 400m T34 52.24
5 2017 800m T34 1:47.15
4 2017 200m T34 28.17
European Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m T34 16.42
1 2014 800m T34 1:54.61
1 2014 200m T34 30.47
1 2014 400m T34 56.03
1 2016 400m T34 52.46
1 2016 100m T34 15.86
1 2016 200m T34 28.33
2 2016 800m T34 1:45.14
2 2018 100m T34 16.44
1 2018 400m T34 54.40
1 2018 800m T34 1:52.26