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MÄKINEN Meri-Maari
Sport Para swimming
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthVantaa, FIN
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Marketing, Sales
Languages
Finnish, Swedish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight with the Cetus club in Espoo, Finland.
Why this sport?
"My physical therapist suggested that I try swimming and I immediately liked it."
Club / Team
Vanders: Vantaa, FIN
Name of coach
Jan Nordblom [national, personal], FIN
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Finland
Location
Denmark
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SM7 200m individual medley at the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her former physical therapist. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Training makes success." (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (vantaa.fi, 20 Jun 2019)
Impairment
She was born with spastic hemiplegia on the right side of her body. The condition is due to complications she experienced at birth. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 04 Apr 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works in sales and marketing for the Solera Beverage Group in Vantaa, Finland. (solera.fi, 01 Jan 2020)

RETURNING HOME
In 2018 she returned to her hometown of Vantaa, Finland, having spent the previous seven years in Turku training with coach Hanna Pathos at the Raisio Urheilijoissa swim club. "I lived away from Vantaa for several years. I am proud that I can represent my hometown again. That and also the fact that the city of Vantaa has been involved in supporting my dreams through the sport." (vantaa.fi, 20 Jun 2019; uimaliitto.fi, 01 Jan 2019; vanders.fi, 09 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:42.69
Heats 2012 100m Breaststroke SB7 2:02.32
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S7 40.58
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:39.56
11 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:59.79 
10 2016 50m Butterfly S7 44.52 
  2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:57.71
6 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:40.14
11 2010 200m Individual Medley SM7 4:16.07
  2013 100m Breaststroke SB7  DSQ
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S7 39.56
  2013 100m Backstroke S7  DSQ
Heats 2015 100m Breaststroke SB7  DSQ
7 2015 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:28.80
8 2015 50m Butterfly S7 44.76
Heat 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:42.11
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S7 40.09
4 2017 100m Breaststroke SB7 2:03.51
4 2017 100m Backstroke S7 1:41.78
5 2017 50m Butterfly S7 46.16
1 2017 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:40.11
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:47.87
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S7 1:25.88
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 50m Freestyle S7 38.91
5 2014 100m Backstroke S7 1:41.68
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:58.55
7 2014 50m Butterfly S7 56.09
6 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:40.26
4 2016 50m Butterfly S7 44.93
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:33.00
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 2:02.71
6 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:27.41
6 2016 50m Freestyle S7 39.35
4 2018 50m Butterfly S7 50.72
7 2018 100m Breaststroke SB7 2:00.47
6 2018 100m Backstroke S7 1:39.54
8 2018 50m Freestyle S7 39.93
7 2018 100m Freestyle S7 1:24.50