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CZYZ Wojtek
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
Place of BirthWodzislaw Slaski, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T42, F42
Further Personal Information
Child Mika
Kaiserslautern, GER
English, German
Higher education
Sports Science - Sport University Cologne: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at a rehabilitation clinic near Augsburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
While undergoing rehabilitation, he met German Paralympian Roberto Simonazzi and orthopaedic technician Herbert Ganter. Both encouraged him get back into sports.
Club / Team
FC Kaiserslautern: Germany
Name of coach
Willi Gernemann [national]
Coach from which country?
General Interest
Sailing. (, 22 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't think about what you have been but what you are and what you are striving to be." (, 15 Aug 2014)
His aim was to become a professional football player and he had agreed terms with Fortuna Cologne in Germany. However, he injured his knee during his last match for regional side VfR Grunstadt in September 2001 and was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. His leg was no longer being supplied with blood from the knee down so it had to be amputated. (, 15 Aug 2014)
Other information
In August 2014 he released his autobiography called "How I lost my leg and found myself: The incredible story of a gold medal winner". (, 07 Aug 2014)

He has served as a board member for the Sepp Herberger Foundation in Germany. The charity aims to help people with an impairment improve their rehabilitation through sport. (, 22 Oct 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 100m T42 12.51 
1 2004 200m T42 26.18 
1 2004 Long Jump F42 6.23 
1 2008 Long Jump F42-44 6.50
2 2012 Long Jump T42/44 6.33
5 2012 200m T42 26.07
3 2012 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.23
3 2012 100m T42 12.52
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 100m T42 12.79
1 2006 200m T42 25.90
1 2006 Long Jump F42 5.98
2 2011 Long Jump F42 6.14