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ARESTI Antonis
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cyprus   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthLimassol, CYP
Height1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Anthia, son Alexandros
Residence
Limassol, CYP
Occupation
Technician, Tradesperson
Languages
Bulgarian, English, Greek
Higher education
Electronic Engineering, Physical Education - Vasil Levski National Sports Academy: Sofia, BUL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16 at the Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, Cyprus.
Why this sport?
"I have always loved running as it makes me feel good and healthy."
Club / Team
Athlon: Limassol, CYP
Name of coach
Constantinos Christou, from 2015; Efthymios Kyprianou [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Cyprus
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Michael Johnson. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Run with your mind." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 12 Jul 2018)
Impairment
He has three severed nerves in his left arm as a result of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car at age three. (cyprus-mail.com, 13 Oct 2009; Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Cypriot to win a medal in athletics at a Paralympic Games when he won silver in the T46 200m at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (cyprus-mail.com, 13 Oct 2009)

OCCUPATION
He works as an automotive parts technician in Limassol, Cyprus, and is an instructor at the Electronic Steering Lock Training Center [ESLTC] in Cyprus. (Facebook profile, 07 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 200m T46 22.15
2 2008 400m T46 48.87
4 2012 200m T46 22.40
4 2012 400m T46 49.59
Heats 2012 100m T46 11.34
6 2016 400m T47 50.07
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 400m T46 50.24
1 2011 200m T46 22.25
1 2011 400m T46 49.44
7 2015 400m T47 50.55
6 2015 200m T47 22.72
9 2017 100m T47 11.45
3 2017 400m T47 50.31
6 2017 200m T47 22.96
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 400m T47 50.44
4 2016 200m T47 23.20
5 2016 100m T47 11.75
2 2018 200m T47 22.71
2 2018 400m T47 50.98