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HAMERLAK Tomasz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthBielsko-Biala, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Teresa, son Jan, daughter Hanna
Residence
Poland
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Management - Academy of Physical Education [AWF]: Katowice, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996.
Why this sport?
Initially a swimmer, he first tried para-athletics after being encouraged by coach Zbigniew Baran.
Club / Team
START Bielsko-Biala: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Lewkowicz [national], POL; Jakub Pieniazek [personal], POL
Training Regime
He trains for up to three hours a day in his wheelchair.
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, cars. (tomaszhamerlak.pl, 02 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei. (akademiatriathlonu.pl, 07 Aug 2015)
Impairment
At age 15 one of his legs was amputated as a result of cancer. (tomaszhamerlak.pl, 24 Mar 2015)
Other information
DOPING BAN
In January 2016 he received a four-year ban from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. The suspension came after he tested positive for stanozolol metabolites at a competition in Switzerland in July 2015. His ban is scheduled to run from 19 August 2015, the date that he was provisionally suspended, to 18 August 2019. (insidethegames.biz, 21 Jan 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
10 2000 5000m T54 10:56.30
1st Round 2000 800m T54 1:41.98
8 2000 Marathon T54 1:33:02
10 2004 1500m T54 3:06.40 
9 2004 5000m T54 10:26.43 
4 2004 10000m T54 20:53.54 
3 2004 Marathon T54 1:31:01 
8 2008 5000m T54 10:25.67
6 2008 1500m T54 3:17.60
22 2008 Marathon T54 1:30:31
Round 1 2012 5000m T54 11:30.69
Round 1 2012 1500m T54 3:20.42
8 2012 Marathon T54 1:31:34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
15 1998 Marathon T55 1:41:07
9 2002 800m T54 1:45.15
12 2002 1500m T54 3:20.17
3 2002 5000m T54 11:14.79
8 2002 Marathon T54 1:33:37
7 2006 1500m T54 3:16.50
5 2006 5000m T54 11:22.32
4 2006 10000m T54 23:07.48
12 2006 Marathon T54 1:33:57
14 2011 800m T54 1:42.29
9 2011 1500m T54 3:23.10
6 2011 5000m T54 10:49.68
10 2011 Marathon T54 1:34:24
2 2013 Marathon T54 1:32:27
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 1500m T54 3:23.36
3 2014 5000m T54 12:14.47
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:31:56