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DERUS Michal Mateusz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthTarnów, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tarnów, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Information Technology
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Information Technology, Physical Education - State Higher Vocational School in Tarnow: Poland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport while he was in the third grade of secondary school at START Tarnow in Poland.
Why this sport?
When he joined the START Tarnow club, he practised swimming for three months before switching to athletics. It quickly turned out that he had talent for sprinting. "I love the competition, the adrenaline rush before races. The 100m is the most spectacular race."
Club / Team
START Tarnow : Poland
Name of coach
Piotr Kuczek [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (magazynsportowiec.pl, 14 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Piotr Kuczek. (paralympic.org, 04 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (paralympic.org, 09 Sep 2016)
Injuries
In the middle of 2019 he struggled with Achilles' tendon injuries. (festiwalbiegowy.pl, 21 Jul 2019)

During the 2018 European Championships in Berlin he competed with injury of the left ankle joint. (magazynsportowiec.pl, 14 Feb 2019)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due to a sprained right ankle he sustained in March 2017. (festiwalbiegowy.pl, 16 Jun 2017; przegladsportowy.pl, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible, some things just require more work." (polskieradio.pl, 21 Nov 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was honoured with the Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland. (festiwalbiegowy.pl, 06 Oct 2016)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied athletics at the 2017 international event in Torun, Poland, placing ninth in the 60m dash. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (magazynsportowiec.pl, 14 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He was born with dysmelia in his left hand, which meant it did not fully develop. (sprinterzy.com, 13 Jan 2014)
Other information
ENFORCED BREAK
He could not compete in official Para athletics events between 2008 and 2013 because he was unable to get his impairment classified. Following a rule change in 2013, he began competing again. "In 2008 I wanted to quit, but my former coach Boguslaw Szczepanski convinced me there might be a rule change that would allow me to compete." (imav.tv, 16 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 100m T47 10.79
11 2016 Long Jump T47 6.56
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 200m T46 21.95
1 2013 100m T46 10.93
2 2015 200m T47 21.96
1 2015 100m T47 10.73
9 2015 Long Jump T47 6.24
3 2017 100m T47 10.81
3 2017 200m T47 22.08
4 2019 100m T47 10.83
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 200m T47 22.47
7 2014 Long Jump T47 5.80
1 2014 100m T47 11.04
4 2016 Long Jump T47 6.24
1 2016 100m T47 11.14
1 2018 100m T47 10.77
1 2018 200m T47 22.38