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MECHULA Kazimier
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Denmark   
GenderMen
Age71
Place of BirthNęstved, DEN
Height1.72 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Languages
Danish, English, German, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-shooting in 1971 at the Lavia Naestved sports club in Denmark.
Why this sport?
When he heard about the Lavia Naestved sports club opening, he joined and took up shooting.
Club / Team
Naestved Skytteforening: Denmark
Name of coach
Steen Hansen [national], DEN
General Interest
Nicknames
Kazi (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't worry about a poor shot. Concentrate on the next shot, and block everything else out. One shouldn't focus on achieving a good result, but on giving your best effort." (dillesport.dk, 25 Aug 1996)
Awards and honours
He was Denmark's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (tv2.dk, 01 Aug 2008)

He was named the 1996 Athlete of the Year by the Danish Disabled Sports Federation. (dillesport.dk, 25 Aug 1996)
Other sports
He competed in archery at the 1972 and 1976 Paralympic Games. He also participated in wheelchair basketball at the 1976 Games. (dillesport.dk, 25 Aug 1996)
Impairment
He broke his back in a scooter accident in 1964. He spent almost eight years in hospital due to various complications following the crash. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011; dillesport.dk, 25 Aug 1996)
Other information
PARALYMPIC VETERAN
The 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing was his 10th consecutive appearance at the event. He first competed at the 1972 Games in Heidelberg, where he took part in the archery competition. "When the Olympic flame is lit, it sends shivers down my spine." (handicapportalen.dk, 15 May 2008; dillesport.dk, 25 Aug 1996)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1988 Air Rifle Prone 2-6  
2 1992 Air Rifle 3x40 SH3  
2 1992 Olympic Match SH3  
2 1996 Air Rifle Prone SH1  
3 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH1 704.3
7 2004 Air Rifle Standing SH1 688.9
17 2004 Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 1107
28 2004 Free Rifle Prone SH1 572
17 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH1 598
21 2008 Air Rifle Standing SH1 574
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 700.2
23 2006 R1 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1  
37 2010 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
79 2014 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 616.1
World Cup (Szczecin)
Rank Year Event Result
22 2015 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 618.5
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
44 2013 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 617.4