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CIORAP Abel
Sport Para athletics
NPC Romania   
GenderMen
Age22
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Romanian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising the sport in 2011 at his school in Romania.
Why this sport?
"I chose this sport because of my parents and because I am addicted to sport in general. I chose it because it does not depend on someone else, I am on my own. If I do something wrong it is my fault. It is not like football where one person makes a mistake and the whole team suffers."
Name of coach
Adrian Tamas [national], ROU
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a personal best in the 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The secret to a good race is intense workouts [in training], mentally preparing well, and adrenaline." (blog.sportlocal.ro, 03 Jul 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in duathlon at national level in Romania. (csmcj.ro, 01 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His sister Naomi and his brother Samuel both represented Romania in swimming at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Naomi also participated at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. His other two sisters Ana and Elisei have both competed in Para swimming at international level. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2017; stiridecluj.ro, 11 Sep 2012; gsp.ro, 09 Sep 2012; sigbi.org, 08 Apr 2012)
Other information
FAMILY BACKGROUND
He is one of seven children, five of whom have vision impairments. His father is also vision impaired. (adevarul.ro, 31 Jul 2011; ftr.ro, 24 Aug 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 800m T13 2:17.39
Semifinal 2013 400m T13 59.47
5 2017 400m T12 50.96
10 2017 200m T12 23.19
  2019 400m T12  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 800m T13 2:05.61
4 2016 400m T13 51.54
3 2018 200m T12 23.69
5 2018 400m T12 54.37