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RUNG Sarah Louise
Sport Para swimming
NPC Norway   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthStavanger, NOR
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Stavanger, NOR
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Civil Engineering - University of Stavanger: Norway
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
She began swimming with her sister. "Swimming has always been in my family."
Club / Team
Stavanger Swim Club: Stavanger, NOR
Name of coach
Morten Eklund [club, national], NOR
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Reykjavík, ISL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the S5 50m butterfly and S5 200m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and breaking the world record in 100m breaststroke. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Morten Eklund, her sister and swimming colleagues. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no shortcuts to the places worth going." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2010 and 2011 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year and the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Norwegian Sport Gala. (idrettgala.no, 2018)

She was named the flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vg.no, 18 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 23 Jun 2018)
Impairment
In September 2008 she underwent an operation on her back that did not go as doctors planned. Some of her nerves were severed, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; aftenposten.no, 22 Jun 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:15.89
1 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:49.74
2 2012 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:45.68
1 2012 50m Butterfly S5 41.76
4 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.15
3 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:51.37
2 2016 50m Butterfly S5 45.67 
1 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:44.94
7 2016 50m Freestyle S5 40.42 
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:15.83
3 2016 50m Backstroke S5 45.40 
6 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:25.04 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 50m Butterfly S5 43.22
1 2010 200m Freestyle S5 2:51.12
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:52.64
2 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.52
1 2013 50m Butterfly S5 43.74
1 2013 200m Freestyle S5 2:50.57
1 2013 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:45.86
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:20.44
3 2013 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.66
3 2015 50m Backstroke S5 46.96
1 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:53.20
1 2015 50m Butterfly S5 43.80
1 2015 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:44.83
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:19.83
2 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:22.84
  2017 100m Breaststroke SB4  DSQ
1 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:22.65
2 2017 50m Butterfly S5 43.77
3 2017 50m Backstroke S5 46.33
2 2017 200m Freestyle S5 2:57.45
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 400m Freestyle S6 5:53.68
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Freestyle S5 1:22.82
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:44.64
1 2014 50m Butterfly S5 42.43
1 2014 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:25.37
2 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:02.43
1 2014 200m Freestyle S5 2:53.75
2 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:16.59
2 2014 50m Backstroke S5 46.50
1 2016 50m Butterfly S5 43.71
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:18.11
1 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:51.84
1 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:44.49
3 2016 50m Backstroke S5 45.32
1 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.97
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:44.54
10 2018 100m Freestyle S6 1:25.88