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BARAKAS Athanasios
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthWarstein, FRG
Height1.85 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B1
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Rhodes, GRE
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
German, Greek, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cycling competitively in 2014.
Why this sport?
"In 2014, I was in a dilemma whether to continue or stop athletics. I had ridden a bike before, so, after much thought and because I had won so many gold medals in athletics, I decided to change sports to cycling."
Name of coach
Nektariou Politi [personal], GRE, from 2015
General Interest
Nicknames
Obama, Thanasis (rodiaki.gr, 23 Aug 2016; Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Greek basketballer Nikos Galis. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. His leg of the relay was in Athens, Greece. (pseka.net, 28 Mar 2008)
Other sports
He competed in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, including winning a gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2000 Games in Sydney. He took part in road cycling and track cycling at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
His brother Michali has served as his guide during training sessions. (bikesports.gr, 22 Aug 2016)
Other information
POLITICIAN
He has served as a member of the United People's Front [EPAM], a political party in Greece. (dimokratiki.gr, 06 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1st Round 2000 100m T11 12.45
1 2000 Long Jump F11 6.11
19 2004 100m T11 12.56 
  2004 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 DNS
5 2004 Long Jump F11 5.87 
8 2004 Triple Jump F11 11.39 
7 2008 Triple Jump F11 11.89
3 2008 Long Jump F11 6.17
10 2012 Long Jump F11 5.41
6 2012 Triple Jump F11 11.67
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
11 2002 200m T11 25.43
3 2002 Long Jump F11 6.24
5 2002 Triple Jump F11 12.02
8 2006 Long Jump F11 5.57
4 2006 Triple Jump F11 11.97
5 2011 Triple Jump F11 11.68
3 2011 Long Jump F11 5.92
4 2013 Triple Jump T11 12.50
4 2013 Long Jump T11 6.15
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
14 2015 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:07.621
17 2015 Tandem B - 4km Pursuit  
8 2015 Tandem B - Sprint  
17 2016 Tandem B - 4km Pursuit  
19 2016 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:06.987
12 2016 Tandem B - Sprint  
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2016 Tandem B - 4km Pursuit 5:03.979
10 2016 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:07.479
21 2016 Tandem B - Time Trial 45:38.46 
  2016 Tandem B - Road Race  DNF
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Long Jump T11 5.60