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KAYITARE Clavel
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthKayonza, RWA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42, F42
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Victoria Torres
Residence
Trets, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Sports Teacher
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 14 in France.
Why this sport?
He began practising sport as a form of rehabilitation. He tried a number of sports before he was encouraged to get involved in athletics by a tutor. He was later inspired to take it up as a profession when he had the chance to see the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. "There I saw [French Para athletes] Pierre Fairbank, Thierry Cibone, Stephane Bozzolo. They gave me the desire to try it. Para athletics is one of the most beautiful sports."
Club / Team
Avia Club Issy-les-Moulineaux: France
Training Regime
He trains two hours a day. He does physical workouts near Manosque, France, and completes track sessions in Pertuis, France.
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lille, FRA
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His coaches. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US sprinter Carl Lewis. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is the school of life." (actu.fr, 29 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. He carried out the same role at the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018; handisport.org, 22 Oct 2015)

In 2004 he received the Order of Merit Medal from the president of France in recognition of his performance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (LinkedIn profile, 19 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic gold medal and to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Var Matin, 23 Jan 2020; laprovence.com, 18 Dec 2019)
Impairment
His village was attacked in 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War. He lost the functionality of his left knee due to injuries sustained in a grenade explosion. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; lepoint.fr, 01 Sep 2012; Facebook page, 24 Jan 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
Since September 2019 he has worked as a sports teacher and animator for the government of Vinon sur Verdon, France. (Var Matin, 23 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 19 Sep 2019; fiphfp.fr, 23 Jan 2020)

FROM RWANDA TO FRANCE
He fled his native country, Rwanda, at age eight. His parents were killed during the Rwandan Civil War and he sustained a leg injury due to a grenade explosion. (franceolympique.com, 01 Jul 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 100m T42 12.78 
2 2004 200m T42 26.64 
  2008 100m T42  DSQ
4 2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 46.68
6 2012 200m T42 26.22
  2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
5 2012 100m T42 12.73
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 100m T42 13.44
4 2002 200m T42 28.48
  2006 100m T42  DSQ
2 2006 200m T42 26.23
3 2006 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 47.23
2 2011 200m T42 26.54
2 2011 100m T42 12.60
7 2013 200m T42 27.10
3 2013 100m T42 12.87
5 2013 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.84
8 2015 100m T42 13.82
6 2019 100m T63 13.15
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m T42 13.08
4 2014 200m T42 28.17
6 2016 100m T42 12.91
2 2018 100m T63 13.42