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DIDIER Ugo
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthLe Chesnay, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Toulouse, FRA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Engineering - National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse [INSA]: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Cugnaux, France. He took up Para swimming at age 14.
Why this sport?
"I cannot run or jump. I loved sports since I was little, so I turned to swimming. An amputee swimmer told me about Para sport and I wanted to try it. Soon I was taking part in my first competitions."
Club / Team
Jeunesse Sportive Cugnaux Omnisports: Tournefeuille, FRA
Name of coach
Samuel Chaillou [club]; Guillaume Domingo [national], FRA; Koen van Landeghem [national], BEL
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
France
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, playing sports. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S9 400m freestyle at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (handisport.org, 22 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coaches Samuel Chaillou and Guillaume Domingo. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
French Para swimmers Sami el Gueddari, David Smetanine and Elodie Lorandi. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018; paralympic.org, 24 Aug 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
At a competition when he was age 12 or 13, he broke his goggles in the changing room. Since then, he always has two pairs of goggles and two swim caps with him at competitions. (natation-handisport.org, 29 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games in 2020 and 2024. (teamosd.fr, 25 May 2018; handisport.org, 24 Aug 2017)
Impairment
He was born with club feet and weakness in both legs. (handisport.org, 24 Aug 2017; Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 100m Backstroke S9 1:05.44
4 2017 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:28.43
4 2017 400m Freestyle S9 4:43.39
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S9 57.67
2 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:01.83
3 2019 400m Freestyle S9 4:17.53
4 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:19.81
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018 100m Freestyle S9 59.86
1 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:03.10
2 2018 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:21.19
10 2018 400m Freestyle S9 4:35.45