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Sport Para swimming
NPC Finland   
Place of BirthVaasa, FIN
Height1.90 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Vaasa, FIN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2011 in Vaasa, Finland.
Why this sport?
His parents enrolled him and his twin brother Ali into a swimming club. "I remember wanting to play in the water. I've always enjoyed being in the water."
Club / Team
Vaasan Uimaseura [VUS-VSS]: Finland
Name of coach
Jari Kallio [club], FIN; Jari Nordblom [national], FIN
Training Regime
He completes up to 11 training sessions a week.
General Interest
Football, floorball, gymnastics, athletics, playing computer games. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the 2019 European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti, Finland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His twin brother. "I've always wanted to beat him, and this pushed me on." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fight to the end." (, 31 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with a Young Athlete Award at the Finland Svenska Idrott [FSI] Sports Gala. (, 31 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2020)

In 2017 and 2019 he was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Swimming Association. (, 12 Dec 2019;, 23 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
His twin brother Ali competed for the Vaasan Uimaseura swimming club in Finland for two years. He has since worked as swimming instructor at a high school in Vaasa, Finland. (, 25 Jun 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Jun 2019)
He was diagnosed with autism at an early age. (, 23 Feb 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
17 2021 100m Backstroke S14 1:07.04
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 200m Freestyle S14 2:05.38
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S14 1:06.66
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:23.63
10 2018 100m Backstroke S14 1:10.27
13 2018 100m Butterfly S14 1:11.45
12 2018 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:29.98
8 2021 200m Freestyle S14 2:03.03
9 2021 100m Backstroke S14 1:06.02
7 2021 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:20.90
10 2021 100m Freestyle S14 57.18
8 2021 100m Butterfly S14 1:03.09