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FALK Janina
Sport Para swimming
NPC Austria   
GenderWomen
Age19
Place of BirthVienna, AUT
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vienna, AUT
Occupation
Student
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Vienna, Austria.
Why this sport?
She was hyperactive as a child and her mother thought swimming would help to tire her out. "After my first experiences in the water, I was so excited that I regularly took part in club training from then on. I did not think about competitions or titles and records at the time - but soon one thing led to another and my ambition in the pool was rewarded with success."
Club / Team
ASKO WAT Wien [AUT] / SC Diana Wien [AUT]:
Name of coach
Detlef Leu [SC Diana Wien], AUT; Kati Nagyi [ASKO WAT Wien]
Training Regime
She trains up to three hours a day.
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Austria
Location
Aguascalientes, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and winning three medals at the 2020 European Open Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (bizeps.or.at, 24 Dec 2021; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her foster parents. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate, German Para swimmer Andreas Onea. (bizeps.or.at, 24 Dec 2021; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The sky is the limit." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named 2021 Female Para Athlete of the Year in Vienna, Austria. (wienerbezirksblatt.at, 18 Oct 2021)

She was named Austrian Disabled Sports Association Young Athlete of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (Facebook page, 13 Jul 2018; janinafalk.at, 30 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2021 100m Butterfly S14 1:13.62 
10 2021 200m Freestyle S14 2:20.39
14 2021 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:28.68
9 2021 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:37.51
14 2021 100m Backstroke S14 1:19.44
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 200m Freestyle S14 2:23.83
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S14 1:19.54
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:41.30
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S14 1:17.70
Heats 2022 200m Freestyle S14 2:24.56
Heats 2022 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:25.75
Heats 2022 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:40.72
8 2022 100m Butterfly S14 1:12.28
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:32.66
5 2018 100m Backstroke S14 1:17.87
5 2018 100m Butterfly S14 1:13.58
6 2018 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:42.82
7 2021 200m Freestyle S14 2:22.89
6 2021 100m Backstroke S14 1:17.13
6 2021 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:17.13
3 2021 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:36.84
5 2021 100m Freestyle S14 1:04.23
2 2021 100m Butterfly S14 1:10.05