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Kenny van Weeghel
At the 2006 IPC World Championships
|Full name||Kenny van Weeghel|
|Born|| (1980-09-16) 16 September 1980
|Achievements and titles|
|Paralympic finals||2004 Summer Paralympics|
Kenny van Weeghel (born 16 September 1980 in Zwolle) is a Paralympic athlete from the Netherlands competing in the 100, 200 and 400 m T54 class wheelchair racing. He participated in the Paralympic games five times already and he has won 6 Paralympic medals among which two golden ones.
Weeghel won the 200m at the European Championships in 2001. This was his first main title and there were many to come. In 2002 he became World Champion by winning the 100m and a year later he won both the 100m and 200m during the World Championships. At the European Championships that same year (2003) he won the 200m and 400m.
At the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, he won his first three Paralympic medals: bronze on the 100m, silver on the 200m and gold on the 400m. He was elected Dutch handicapped sportsman of the year.
In 2005 the World Championships in Athletics were held in Helsinki and T54 wheelchair racing was added to the program as an exhibition event. In both the 100m and 200m he won the silver medal behind British athlete David Weir.
Van Weeghel won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in 2012 in London (400m) and won two Paralympic medals at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic games in 2016; gold for the 400m and bronze for the 100m.
|100 m||13,78||Arbon||24 juni 2010|
|200 m||24,22||Arbon||27 mei 2017||European Record|
|400 m||45,40||Arbon||27 mei 2017|
|800 m||1:32,80||Arbon||28 mei 2017|
|1500 m||3:01,30||Nottwil||27 mei 2016|
- Order of the Lion of the Netherlands - 2004
- National disabled sportsman of the year - 2004
- Atletiekunie Paralympic athlete of the year - 2014
- Honorary citizenship of the province of Brabant - 2017
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