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HUG Marcel
Sport Athletics
NPC Switzerland   
GenderMen
Born16 Jan 1986 in Nottwil, SUI
Height1.73 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital - Genetic
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Common Law / De Facto
Family
Partner Katharina
Residence
Neunkirch, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Businessperson
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He entered his first race at age 10 in 1996.
Club / Team
RC Central Switzerland/RC Thurgau: Switzerland
Name of coach
Paul Odermatt [national]
Coach from which country?
Switzerland
International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Switzerland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens
General Interest
Nicknames
The Silver Bullet, Huggy Bear (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2013, 28 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Sports, listening to music, computers. (marcelhug.com, 21 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I do sports although I am in a wheelchair, not because I am in a wheelchair." (marcelhug.com, 01 May 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named Disabled Sportsperson of the Year by the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (redbull.com, 06 Mar 2014)

He was named Thurgau Sportsman of the Year in three consecutive years between 2004 and 2006. (Facebook page, 30 Jul 2014)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (marcelhug.com, 01 May 2014)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2013 he became the first Swiss male para-athlete to the win the New York Marathon. (anzeiger.biz, 02 Apr 2014)

CHARITY WORK
He has been involved in a 'cool and clean' prevention programme in Switzerland. The project aims to promote fair, drug-free sporting participation for people aged from 10 to 20. (marcelhug.com, 01 Aug 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 400m T54 49.39
3 2004 800m T54 1:32.66
3 2004 1500m T54 3:05.48
6 2004 5000m T54 10:25.51
6 2004 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 54.75
6 2004 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:19.23
5 2008 400m T54 47.67
4 2008 5000m T54 10:23.20
5 2008 800m T54 1:37.51
8 2008 1500m T54  DNF
  2008 Marathon T54  DNF
4 2012 5000m T54 11:08.16
4 2012 1500m T54 3:12.76
2 2012 800m T54 1:37.84
5 2012 400m T54 47.80
2 2012 Marathon T54 1:30:21
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2002 200m T54 29.95
15 2002 400m T54 56.45
29 2002 1500m T54 3:28.46
4 2002 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 58.39
2 2006 400m T54 48.97
2 2006 800m T54 1:39.10
8 2006 1500m T54 3:17.61
2 2006 5000m T54 11:20.68
1 2006 10000m T54 23:06.71
8 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 57.56
6 2006 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:33.50
4 2006 Marathon T54 1:29:57
1 2011 10000m T54 22:16.83
  2011 100m T54  DSQ
2 2011 800m T54 1:37.30
  2011 200m T54  DSQ
2 2011 1500m T54 3:11.13
2 2011 5000m T54 10:48.70
2 2011 400m T54 48.16
  2011 Marathon T54  DNF
1 2013 10000m T54 23:04.75
1 2013 400m T54 47.15
2 2013 800m T54 1:38.04
1 2013 5000m T54 10:20.16
1 2013 1500m T54 3:08.16
1 2013 Marathon T54 1:28:44