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VERECZKEI Zsolt
Sport Para swimming
NPC Hungary   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthNyíregyháza, HUN
Height1.80 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB6, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Baja, HUN
Occupation
Athlete, Client Services
Languages
Hungarian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1988 in Budapest, Hungary.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as a form of therapy. "I liked water sports and was interested in it."
Club / Team
Bajai Spartacus Sport Egyesulet: Baja, HUN
Name of coach
Annamaria Sebok [personal], HUN, from 2016
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and breaking the world record in the S5 50m backstroke at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and former coach Ferenc Pass. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In February 2018 he received the Halassy Oliver Prize from the Hungarian Paralympic Committee. (sugopart.hu, 23 Feb 2018)

He has received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. (nlcafe.hu, 07 Sep 2016)
Impairment
Both of his arms have been amputated below the elbow. (nemzetisport.hu, 06 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 1992 50m Freestyle S5 42.38
6 1992 100m Freestyle S5 1:32.93
1 1992 50m Backstroke S5 40.24
5 1992 200m Medley SM5 3:42.89
6 1996 50m Freestyle S5 41.06 
1 1996 50m Backstroke S5 39.95 
6 1996 200m Medley SM5 4:04.32 
1 2000 50m Backstroke S5 39.20 
3 2004 50m Backstroke S5 40.49
11 2008 50m Freestyle S5 40.82
3 2008 50m Backstroke S5 38.78
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S5 39.46
3 2012 50m Backstroke S5 38.92
3 2016 50m Backstroke S5 38.92 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 50m Backstroke S5 40.53
15 2002 50m Freestyle S5 55.80
10 2002 100m Freestyle S5 1:36.86
3 2002 50m Backstroke S5 40.60
2 2010 50m Backstroke S5 41.19
4 2015 50m Backstroke S5 40.65
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 50m Backstroke S5 40.17
6 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:08.53
4 2016 50m Backstroke S5 40.21
6 2018 50m Backstroke S5 39.76