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MESTER Mathias
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthMünster, FRG
Height1.42 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cologne, GER
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was invited to an athletics trial training session.
Club / Team
FC Kaiserslautern: Germany
Name of coach
Markus Reichle, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Matze (swr.de, 04 Oct 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
A knee injury prevented him from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (dbs-npc.de, 09 Oct 2015)

In March 2010 he injured his back during a strength session. He underwent surgery on the injury five months later. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whether small or tall, we are all just people." (menshealth.de, 14 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2007 German Para Athlete of the Year. (mathiasmester.de, 2016)

He has received the Silbernen Lorbeerblattes [Silver Bay Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)
Impairment
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 Shot Put F40 11.16
7 2012 Javelin Throw F40 39.67
5 2016 Javelin Throw F41 39.99
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Shot Put F40 9.49
1 2006 Javelin Throw F40 34.00
4 2013 Shot Put F41 11.07
1 2013 Javelin Throw F41 41.26
3 2017 Javelin Throw F41 40.54
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Javelin Throw F41 38.69
2 2016 Javelin Throw F40/41 37.84