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KOTKOWSKI Michal
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age21
Height1.76 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Poznan, POL
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Telecommunications Engineering - Poznan University of Technology: Poland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2015 in Poznan, Poland.
Why this sport?
"I have always liked sport. First, it was a part of my rehabilitation, but later it became my biggest passion."
Club / Team
START Poznan: Poland
Name of coach
Andrzej Wrobel [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the T37 200m and T37 400m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Andrzej Wrobel. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish middle distance runner Adam Kszczot. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para swimming at national level in Poland. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, which affects the right side of his body. (Piotr Kotkowski YouTube channel, 25 Sep 2017)
Other information
SWIMMING TO ATHLETICS
At age one his parents began taking him to the pool to learn how to swim as part of his rehabilitation. He went on to compete in Para swimming at national level in Poland before switching to Para athletics in high school. "I did swimming for 16 years, I won a medal at the national championships, but it was not enough for me. I felt a hunger and I was looking for something that would provide me with more excitement and options. My parents used to compete in marathon running, so as a child I would participate in children's events while accompanying my parents. In high school I started to train in cross-country running and my results improved very quickly. I met coach Andrzej Wrobel and we began our cooperation. First, we thought that I would be a good middle distance runner, but later we found out that I'm better at shorter distances." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 200m T37 24.62
3 2017 400m T37 53.95
4 2019 400m T37 51.83
  2019 100m T37  DSQ
8 2019 200m T37 23.54
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 400m T37 53.31
1 2018 200m T37 24.10
3 2018 100m T37 12.19