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MICHALSKI Mateusz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthWrzesnia, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Visual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T12, T13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wrzesnia, POL
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16 in Poznan, Poland, but did not start training seriously until age 19.
Why this sport?
He was bored after class and decided to join his school's athletics team. "I regret taking the sport up so late. Also, I did not take it seriously for the first three years, so I basically started training at age 19."
Club / Team
START Gorzow Wielkopolski: Poland
Name of coach
Przemyslaw Pawlak [personal], POL; Zbigniew Lewkowicz [national, club], POL
Training Regime
He trains six days a week, three to four hours a day.
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, watching films. (wrzesnia.info.pl, 29 May 2013)
Injuries
He missed most of the 2014 season with an adductor magnus muscle [thigh] injury. (onet.pl, 21 May 2015)

Six weeks before the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing he tore his biceps femoris. He was able to compete in Beijing, but he could not train properly, which affected his performance at the Games. (onet.pl, 21 May 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2013 Para Athlete of the Year at the Champions Sports Gala in Warsaw, Poland. (naszemiasto.pl, 13 Jan 2014)

He was named Man of the Year of 2012 by the Wrzesinski Cultural Society in Poland. (wrzesnia.info.pl, 29 May 2013)

He has received the Gold Cross of Merit from the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in 2013. (mygorzow.pl, 08 Feb 2013)
Impairment
At age seven he was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, and gradually lost most of his sight. He retains about 10% vision. (onet.pl, 21 May 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 100m T12 11.31
8 2008 200m T12 22.75
2 2012 100m T12 10.88
1 2012 200m T12 21.56
5 2016 100m T13 11.01
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 100m T12 11.05
1 2011 200m T12 22.02
1 2013 200m T12 21.78
1 2013 100m T12 10.79
  2015 100m T13  DSQ
3 2015 200m T13 21.92
2 2017 100m T13 10.95
3 2017 200m T13 21.86
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m T13 11.34
2 2014 200m T13 23.20
1 2016 100m T13 10.98
1 2016 200m T13 22.07