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KEŠNAR Jonáš
Sport Para swimming
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthCeské Budejovice, CZE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Jindrichuv Hradec, CZE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
"I started swimming because I had a bad back and swimming helped to improve it."
Club / Team
Plavecky Klub Jindrichuv Hradec: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jan Simek [club, national], CZE
General Interest
Nicknames
Johny (kontaktbb.cz, 01 Sep 2019; Facebook profile, 16 Apr 2020)
Hobbies
Running, going out with friends. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five medals at the 2017 European Paralympic Youth Games in Liguria, Italy. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sport.aktualne.cz, 02 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is my life." (jindrichohradecky.denik.cz, 11 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named 2021 Para Athlete of the Year in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic. (nasregion.cz, 04 Mar 2022)

In 2019 he was named among the Top 10 Para Athletes in the Czech Republic by the Czech Association of Impairment Athletes [CSTPS]. (cstps.cz, 18 Feb 2020)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped right arm. (sport.aktualne.cz, 02 Jul 2018; denik.cz, 14 Nov 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2021 400m Freestyle S9 4:33.76
5 2021 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:23.00
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S9 4:29.87
6 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:23.21
6 2022 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:26.12
Heats 2022 400m Freestyle S9 4:39.41
Heats 2022 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.51
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 100m Freestyle S9  DNS
12 2018 100m Butterfly S9 1:08.15
14 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:11.29
8 2018 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:29.30
13 2018 400m Freestyle S9 4:43.62 
7 2018 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:03.63
8 2021 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:27.72
14 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:06.41
17 2021 100m Freestyle S9 1:02.44
8 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:09.49
15 2021 50m Freestyle S9 28.04