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NILSEN Vegard Dragsund
Sport Para athletics
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthOslo, NOR
Height1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kolbotn, NOR
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Norwegian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2012 in Oslo, Norway.
Why this sport?
He wanted to become a faster runner.
Club / Team
IK Tjalve: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Dan Simion [club], NOR; Runar Steinstad [national], NOR
Training Regime
He trains nine times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Physio Espen Hanssen. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered a hamstring injury in the late part of 2015. (friidrett.no, 16 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Karolineprisen, presented by the Wang Sports High School in Norway. The award is given annually to a student who combines academic results with non-professional sporting achievements. (friidrett.no, 13 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (friidrett.no, 16 Nov 2016)
Impairment
He was born with Stargardt disease. The condition began to affect his vision while he was in his third year of primary school. (friidrett.no, 16 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2015 100m T13 11.67
  2015 200m T13  DSQ
16 2017 100m T13 11.68
9 2017 Long Jump T13 5.72
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2014 100m T13 12.01
Semifinal 2014 200m T13 24.71
7 2014 Long Jump T13 5.85
9 2016 100m T13 11.90
10 2016 200m T13 24.32
  2016 Long Jump T13  DNS
9 2018 Long Jump T13 5.78
  2018 200m T13  DNS
7 2018 100m T13 11.72