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AWIZEN Marcin
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthKozienice, POL
Height1.78 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kozienice, POL
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Computer Science - Higher School of Economics: Radom, POL
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He met coach Jacek Szczygiel through a neighbour. "At first I was scared of him, he was so tall. But then he explained that if I worked hard, I could win a Paralympic gold medal. I met with friends afterwards and I cried when I told them about the great opportunity I had."
Club / Team
START Radom: Poland
Name of coach
Jacek Szczygiel [club], POL; Zbigniew Lewkowicz [national], POL
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His mother. (niepelnosprawni.pl, 12 Jan 2009)
Awards and honours
He received the Knights Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland after winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (niepelnosprawni.pl, 12 Jan 2009)

In 2008 he was named Most Popular Athlete of the Radom region of Poland by Echoes of the Day [Echa Dnia]. (niepelnosprawni.pl, 12 Jan 2009)
Impairment
During childbirth his shoulders were damaged leaving him with fixed shoulder joints. (partnerstwo.onet.pl, 02 Oct 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
After his medal-winning performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, he landed a role as a pundit and commentator at a television station in Poland. He covered both para-athletes and able-bodied sporting events for the channel. (media2.pl, 21 Nov 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 1500m T46 3:54.24
1 2008 800m T46 1:52.36
Round 1 2012 1500m T46  DNF
Round 1 2012 800m T46 2:01.32
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 800m T46 1:55.59
4 2006 1500m T46 4:06.07
5 2011 1500m T46 3:59.92
2 2011 800m T46 1:53.97