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SERBAN Iulian
Sport Para Canoe Sprint, Para powerlifting
NPC Romania   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthBucharest, ROU
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
KL3
Further Personal Information
Languages
Romanian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up canoeing in 1998, and continued the sport following his accident.
Why this sport?
He followed his mother and brother into canoeing.
Club / Team
CSA Steaua Bucuresti: Romania
General Interest
Nicknames
Grasul (prostemcell.ro, Aug 2011)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and his brother. (dizabillove.ro, 06 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol
Romanian sprint paddler Vasile Diba. (libertatea.ro, 29 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received a sporting achievement award from the Romanian Canoe Kayak Federation in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (agerpres.ro, 16 Dec 2016)
Impairment
In May 2006 he was rushing to get on a train when he slipped and his right foot fell under the wheels. He lost his right leg and sustained injuries to his left leg, head, lung, liver and spine. He required more than 20 operations and spent seven months in bed. (prostemcell.ro, Aug 2011; libertatea.ro, 29 Jan 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Romanian male paddler to compete at the Paralympic Games when he participated at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 41.200
World Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 K1 200m LTA 44.176
1 2011 K1 200m LTA 43.294
2 2014 K1 200m LTA 39.467
4 2015 Kayak single KL3 200m 39.836
5 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 41.170
12 2017 Kayak single KL3 200m 42.326
9 2018 Kayak single KL3 200m 42.652
European Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 K1 200m LTA 42.071
  2015 Kayak single KL3 200m DSQ
4 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 41.824
6 2017 Kayak single KL3 200m 40.292
7 2018 Kayak single KL3 200m 41.300