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FOCKEN Tim
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthOldenburg, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sabrina, son Maxim, daughter Zoey
Residence
Oldenburg, GER
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete, Veteran
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 in Germany.
Why this sport?
He had already been trained how to shoot in the army, so the sport was a natural fit.
Club / Team
SV Etzhorn: Oldenburg, GER
Name of coach
Rudi Krenn [national], GER
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Timmi (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Running, cycling. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bsn-ev.de, 05 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rudi Krenn. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He has kept the bullet that he was shot with in 2010. It was recovered during surgery. "I always keep it with me, in my left pocket. And apparently it actually brought me luck. That's why it has a very special meaning." (spiegel.de, 13 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I determine my own destiny." (bbsn-ev.de, 05 Sep 2021)

"Shooting is such a highly complex sport with so many processes. You must never be negative, you always have to accept the situation and pull something positive out of the negative yourself." (teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 21 Apr 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at international competitions for army veterans. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021; wiesbadener-tagblatt.de, 01 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (ndr.de, 11 Mar 2022)
Impairment
In October 2010 he was shot in his left shoulder while serving with the German armed forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The injury resulted in him losing all mobility in his left shoulder and arm. (bsn-ev.de, 05 Sep 2021; wiesbadener-tagblatt.de, 01 Feb 2014)
Other information
ARMY VETERAN
When he was shot in 2010 while serving in the German armed forces in Afghanistan, the bullet narrowly missed his head, and he was flown out of the combat area to receive life-saving surgery. He was operated on for 17 hours, and two metal plates were inserted into his shoulder. "I wanted to get an overview of my comrades who were behind me and turned around, and I was hit. I would not be sitting here otherwise [if he had not turned round]. It was a few centimetres away from my head. You never forget such events in your life, they always stay there. You can't just delete the memory. I had a lot of mental problems. Only sport brought me back. The decision to take up shooting Para sport was the best I could make." (LinkedIn profile, 22 Jun 2022; Instagram profile, 18 May 2022; heimatsport.de, 05 Sep 2021; Athlete, 22 Aug 2021; teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 21 Apr 2020; spiegel.de, 13 Sep 2020; sportbuzzer.de, 30 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2021 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 619.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
27 2014 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 630.1
17 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 610.4
53 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 626.0
4 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 203.4
World Cup (Stoke Mandeville)
Rank Year Event Result
12 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 616.2
10 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 628.2
24 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 605.1
7 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 103.9
  2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  DNS
34 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 626.7
  2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  DNS
24 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 625.6
32 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 627.3
8 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 115.6
35 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 627.3
14 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 613.9
11 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 615.8
14 2022 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 615.2
16 2022 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 633.0
International Shooting Competition of Hannover
Rank Year Event Result
10 2017 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 609.9
36 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 621.8