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MEUNIER Basile
Sport Para athletics
NPC Belgium   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthVirton, BEL
Height1.72 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Jamoigne, BEL
Occupation
Construction Worker
Languages
French
Higher education
Construction, Landscape Architecture - Catholic University of Leuven: Belgium
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1997 in Jamoigne, Belgium. He began competing in 2000.
Why this sport?
"When I was a child I could not ride a bike because I was unable to pedal, so to follow my friends I ran. In school, we had two hours of sport per week. The boys played football and I ran. One day the teacher organised a race and nobody was able to beat me."
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
French bowling, travelling, gardening. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the T38 1500m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Denis Golerin. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2009 he received a Sports Merit Award in Chiny, Belgium. (lalibre.be, 22 Dec 2009)
Other sports
He has competed in cross-country running at national level. (chronorace.be, 11 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He has hemiplegia. "I was born prematurely and, due to breathing problems, my brain did not get enough blood. I have frontal lesions, which affect language development. I also have motor skills problems and my leg muscles have mild atrophy." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; lavenir.net, 01 Mar 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 1500m T38 4:54.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2013 1500m T38 5:01.39
17 2015 800m T38 2:23.58
9 2015 1500m T38 4:52.16
10 2017 1500m T38 4:51.40
16 2019 1500m T38 4:50.14
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 800m T38 2:20.14
4 2014 1500m T38 4:44.84
8 2016 1500m T38 4:47.10
7 2016 800m T38 2:21.64
9 2018 1500m T38 4:53.59