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DAMBAKATE Bacou
Sport Para athletics
NPC Guinea   
GenderMen
Age32
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F13, T13
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Camara Fatoumata
Residence
Paris, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Education - ICP Paris: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began athletics at age 13 while at school in Paris, France.
Why this sport?
He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but his impairment meant he could no longer play the sport. He did not want to play visually impaired football because it reminded him of his former dream, so his sports teacher suggested he try athletics.
Club / Team
Athletique Club Paris Joinville: France
Name of coach
Lucas Finnet [club]; Amadou Zida Camara
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
France
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching cartoons. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Meeting the qualification standard for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
French Para athlete Tresor Gautier Makunda. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Impairment
At age seven, his eyesight was damaged after a dynamite explosion in Sangaredi, Guinea. (mediaguinee.org, 03 Jun 2021; enroutepourrio.eu, 02 Sep 2015)
Other information
REPRESENTING GUINEA
He was born in Guinea and moved to France at age seven with his family to seek medical treatment after the accident that damaged his eyesight, before settling permanently in the country. After representing France, including at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, he switched to represent Guinea in 2020. "In January 2020, I decided to write a new page in my sports career. I am like a boomerang - I always come back to my roots. I hope to contribute to the influence of Guinean sport on the world as I did in the French team, but above all I hope to change the outlook on disability." (guineematin.com, 07 Jun 2021; mediaguinee.org, 03 Jun 2021; guineenews.org, 01 Jun 2021; enroutepourrio.eu, 02 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2021 100m T13 12.24
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 Long Jump T13  NoM
3 2013 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 44.70
Semifinal 2013 100m T13 11.79
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2014 100m T13 12.07
2 2014 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 45.89