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SEITIS Michail
Sport Para athletics
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthRhodes, GRE
Height1.81 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Athens, GRE
Occupation
Athlete, Personal Trainer
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried athletics at age six in Rhodes, Greece. He took up Para athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to start the sport.
Name of coach
George Panagiotopoulos [personal], GRE
General Interest
Nicknames
Mike (Instagram profile, 20 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Georgios Panagiotopoulos, prosthetist Konstantinos Chronopoulos, Greek high jumper Labros Papakostas, Greek sprinter Konstantinos Kenteris. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; jenny.gr, 24 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work every day with patience and persistence." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Best Para Athlete by the Panhellenic Sports Press Association. (dimokratiki.gr, 02 Mar 2019)

In 2015 he was presented with a sporting achievement award by the Hellenic Paralympic Committee. (paralympicus.gr, 18 Dec 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics at national level in Greece. (Instagram profile, 20 Jun 2017)
Famous relatives
His brother Grigoris was named the 2018 Mr. Hellas by the World Amateur Body Building Association [WABBA]. (protothema.gr, 28 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in the T64 200m at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jenny.gr, 24 Feb 2020)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident in 2013, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. (dimokratiki.gr, 06 Dec 2015; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
EYES ON TOKYO
He has trained in South Africa and Tenerife, Spain, as part of his preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "Training in Greece is difficult at this time [speaking in early-2020], I had recently gone to South Africa because of the good weather and in April [2020] we will go to Tenerife [Spain]. If the weather is not good, it is dangerous for the muscles and you cannot run fast." (jenny.gr, 24 Feb 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2018 he and his brother Grigoris made an appearance on the Greek television show 'Celebrity Travel'. The siblings travelled to Peru for the show. (znews.gr, 11 Dec 2018; tlife.gr, 08 Dec 2018)

QUICK RECOVERY
He says the three-month recovery period from his accident to the time of his return to the track is one of his greatest achievements. "The biggest success was the recovery time I had from the accident. Three months after [the accident] I ran my first race. I think this is my biggest success to date." (jenny.gr, 24 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 100m T44 11.30
5 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 47.79
7 2016 200m T44 23.63
6 2016 400m T44 49.66
9 2016 Long Jump T44 6.20
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 400m T44 50.93
6 2015 100m T44 11.43
5 2015 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 45.52
6 2017 100m T44 11.25
1 2017 400m T44 51.41
2 2017 200m T44 22.53
2 2019 200m T64 22.23
5 2019 100m T64 11.23
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 200m T44 22.58
4 2016 100m T44 11.74