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IVÁN Bence
Sport Para swimming
NPC Hungary   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthPécs, HUN
Height1.31 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Pécs, HUN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian
Higher education
Coaching - University of Pecs: Hungary
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 in Pecs, Hungary.
Why this sport?
"My mother wanted me to learn how to swim. After agreeing to take it up, it soon became a passion for me."
Club / Team
Pecsi Sport Nonprofit Zrt: Hungary
Name of coach
Arpad Jancsik [club], HUN
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Hungary
General Interest
Nicknames
The Rocket (Instagram profile, 03 Apr 2022)
Hobbies
Playing video games, fishing, supporting Hungarian football team Pecsi Vasutas SK, English football team Manchester United and Hungarian basketball team PVSK-Panthers. (Instagram profile, 03 Apr 2022; bama.hu, 24 Jun 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SM6 200m individual medley and bronze in the S6 50m butterfly at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Anatoli Petrov. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US basketball players LeBron James and Stephen Curry. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." (Instagram profile, 18 Jun 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named 2021 Male Swimmer of the Year by the Hungarian Swimming Association [MUSZ]. (pecsma.hu, 10 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2021 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:52.46
13 2021 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:28.54
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:29.60
5 2017 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:03.07
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:57.18
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:29.48
Heats 2022 100m Freestyle S6 1:14.59
5 2022 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:53.16
8 2022 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:29.26
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:12.93
6 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:08.53
12 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:24.01
10 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:40.35
14 2016 50m Freestyle S6 37.47
  2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
10 2016 50m Butterfly S6 41.00
5 2018 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:28.02
3 2018 50m Butterfly S6 37.65
10 2021 100m Freestyle S6 1:14.88
3 2021 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:51.10
3 2021 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:27.85
6 2021 50m Butterfly S6 36.83