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MASSIANGA Rodrigue
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthParis, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Automotive Industry
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in athletics in 2012 at the Antony Athletisme 92 club in Paris, France.
Why this sport?
He played football as a child before a chance event revealed his strengths in athletics, when he decided to run in a 200m race organised by a youth group in Paris, France. He finished first out of 2000 participants, and then took part in a 4x100m relay race where he also emerged as the winner. An older athlete saw him and invited him to join the Anthony Athletisme 92 club. He accepted the offer, and advanced from competing at recreational events to national level. He credits the sport with making him stronger mentally. "Sport has helped me to have more self-confidence and maturity. This has allowed me to better value myself."
Club / Team
Antony Athletisme 92 : France
Name of coach
Vincent Clarico [club], FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing football. (courrier-picard.fr, 05 Apr 2014)
Impairment
He has autism. (courrier-picard.fr, 05 Apr 2014)
Other information
SPORT BUILDS CONFIDENCE
His mother Adeline says that training in athletics has led to vast improvements in his communication skills. "Even though he could not get rid of the autism, it's night and day between the Rodrigue we knew then and the one we know now. He speaks better. The sport has really given purpose to his life. He felt valued and useful. With athletics there is now a future for him." (courrier-picard.fr, 05 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 400m T20 49.71
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 400m T20 48.65