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MAKUNDA Trésor Gautier
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthKinshasa, ZAI
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Emeric Chattey
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Occupation
Athlete, Customer Service, Railway Worker
Languages
French, English
Higher education
Business, Marketing - National Institute of Sport and Expert Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 14 at school in France.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching US sprinter Carl Lewis. A sports teacher also encouraged him to practise sprinting.
Club / Team
RCF Issy Avia: Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championship
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Carl Lewis. (actu.fr, 26 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sans-filtre.fr, 12 Sep 2017)
Impairment
At age three he was diagnosed with a visual impairment, which led to his father, a doctor, giving him some eye drops. At age six he travelled with his mother to Paris, France, where he was assessed by specialist doctors, who diagnosed him with cataracts. He underwent surgery but his retina had been previously damaged by the eye drops. He was later diagnosed with a visual condition named retinitis pigmentosa. (leparisien.fr, 16 Jul 2017)
Other information
SPECIAL LINK
He says he has a strong friendship with his guide Emeric Chattey. "I always say that I have a big brother, but also a small one, and that's Emeric. We really have a real fraternity relationship that goes beyond the sporting aspect." (handisport.org, 10 Jan 2020)

OCCUPATION
He works as an ambassador of the sensitive situations direction for the French National Railway Society [SNCF]. "When I arrived to SNCF, I realised the need of having something to do after the sporting career. This job allows me to turn the page of my life. Because after the sports career is over, life still goes on." (sncf.com, 29 Jan 2020)

FROM DR CONGO TO FRANCE
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his mother took him to France in 1989 so that he could receive treatment for his impairment. He gained French citizenship in 2004. (athletesmondiaux.com, 20 Nov 2010; leparisien.fr, 16 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 100m T11 11.71 
  2004 200m T11 DNS
  2004 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 DNS
3 2008 100m T11 11.46
7 2008 200m T11 25.55
5 2008 400m T11 51.99
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 44.49
Semifinal 2012 200m T11  DSQ
3 2012 400m T11 52.45
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 100m T11 11.49
Semifinal 2006 200m T11  DNS
4 2011 100m T11 11.87
5 2011 200m T11 24.28
Semifinal 2013 200m T11 24.19
3 2013 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 44.70
Heats 2013 100m T11  DNF
6 2017 400m T11 52.76
6 2019 400m T11 53.43
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 100m T11 11.92
4 2014 200m T11 24.30
2 2014 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 45.89
  2018 400m T11  DSQ