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SEVDIKALIS Ioannis
Sport Para athletics
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthAthens, GRE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62, F62
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2014 in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
"As a child I loved sports, running, swimming, weights. I was always interested in being in good condition. At school, I wanted to become a fitness trainer and nutritionist, but I wasn't a good student so I started working as a waiter and saved money. After the accident, my goal was to stand up again. When I managed to do that, a journalist friend suggested I go to the sports federation for persons with impairments, where I met my coach. I started with throwing events but my dream was to put on running blades, but they are very expensive. I was helped financially by many people and managed to buy blades. Then I started to run."
General Interest
Nicknames
Evloyimenos (Facebook profile, 08 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Reading, watching films, walking. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a T43 long jump world record at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nektarios Gialourakis. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US decathlete Ashton Eaton. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never be disappointed, always be humble." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (viewtag.gr, 25 Jul 2017)
Impairment
In October 2012 he was cycling by train tracks in Gazi, Greece, when he was dragged under a passing train, resulting in both of his legs being amputated. (cnn.gr, 12 Sep 2016)
Other information
PERFORMER
In August 2016 he featured in a Greek production of The Birds, a play by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. "The director asked to meet me and I was shocked at the beginning because I did not expect to ever go on stage. Since I like to try new things, I said yes." (gr.euronews.com, 29 Jul 2016; irishtimes.com, 23 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 47.79
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 Long Jump T44 6.21
12 2019 Long Jump T64 5.73
7 2019 400m T62 1:01.99
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 200m T62 26.29
8 2018 Long Jump T64 6.38
  2018 400m T62  DNS