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TAKKEN Bas
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthHoorn, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hoorn, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight in 2007 at Hoorn Swim Club in the Netherlands.
Why this sport?
He has been interested in sport from an early age, and tried gymnastics as a toddler. He began swimming competitively at age eight after joining Hoorn Swim Club, and soon won medals at regional competitions in the Netherlands. He also enjoys open water swimming. "I love being in the water. It gives me a feeling of freedom."
Club / Team
De Dolfijn: Amsterdam, NED
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning one bronze and one silver at both the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Going for gold despite limitation." (bastakken.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Other sports
He has won gold medals in able-bodied open water swimming at national level in the Netherlands. (talentboek.nl, 17 Aug 2016; Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paulbekkerssportart.nl, 31 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was born with a foot impairment that affects the strength in his legs and the straightness of his spinal cord. (bastakken.nl, 15 Jan 2020; rtvnh.nl, 14 Apr 2016)
Other information
EYES ON TOKYO
Having placed fourth in the S10 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro while he was still a student, he decided to train full-time ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "[Just missing out on bronze] was the sign for me to pursue my ultimate dream, to achieve a gold medal in the 400m freestyle. To make it come true I have made sacrifices in all sorts of areas. For example even though I have obtained my higher education diploma, I will not continue studying any further until the [2020] Paralympic Games so that I can fully focus on swimming." (paulbekkerssportart.nl, 31 Aug 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the Athletes' Committee of the Dutch Swimming Federation [KNZB]. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:17.05 
12 2016 100m Freestyle S10 55.88 
4 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:05.46
6 2021 100m Freestyle S10 54.06
2 2021 400m Freestyle S10 4:02.02
5 2021 100m Backstroke S10 1:01.52
3 2021 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:11.39
5 2021 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:22.25
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:12.07
2 2019 400m Freestyle S10 4:03.63
5 2019 100m Backstroke S10 1:02.87
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 400m Freestyle S10 4:03.89
4 2018 50m Freestyle S10 25.03
4 2018 100m Freestyle S10 54.07
3 2018 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:28.18