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MICHALSKI Mateusz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthWrzesnia, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Warsaw, POL
Occupation
Athlete
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
Tadeusz Cuch [club], POL; Zbigniew Lewkowicz [club], POL
General Interest
Hobbies
Music. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
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 in Poland. (naszemiasto.pl, 13 Jan 2014)

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

In 2013 he received the Gold Cross of Merit from the president of Poland. (mygorzow.pl, 08 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He also aspires to open a massage parlour in Wrzesnia, Poland. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
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)
Other information
MOVE TO WARSAW
At the beginning of 2017 he relocated from his hometown of Wrzesnia to Warsaw to train under the guidance of Tadeusz Cuch in preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "He is not only my coach, but also my friend, we talk a lot not only about sport, but also about life. He pays a lot of attention to running technique. He is very pedantic, so we improve every small detail. Only for him I decided to move to Warsaw and I don't regret this decision. At the beginning, I was scared before moving to such a big city, I was worried if I'd be able to live there, but I got used to the city." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)

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
2 2018 200m T13 21.87
2 2018 100m T13 10.99