Aresti at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
February 15, 1983 |
|Achievements and titles|
100m T46: 11.08
Born on 15 February 1983 in Limassol, Cyprus by Leonidas and Androula Aresti. At the age of three years old, Aresti was dragged by a moving car while he was trying to cross the street. The accident caused a damage on his left hand. Such disability pushed the Cypriot sprinter to deal with sports.
He started practising athletics at early age by participating in school events mainly in long-distance races. At age 14 he started running seriously. Then, he won many medals in local youth championships in athletics. Also, he participated in world organisations as a member of the national team of Cyprus.
World and European Championships
Aresti's first big worldwide success occurred during his participation at the Athletics World Championship for athletes with disabilities in Assen, Netherlands in 2006, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 400 meters category T46. The second worldwide success of the Cypriot runner, occurred in 2007 during his participation at the Athletics World Championships organised by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) in Taipei, Taiwan where he won the silver medal in the men's 200 meters category T46.
In January 2011, Aresti participated in the Athletics World Championship for athletes with disabilities in Christchurch of New Zealand. He won two gold medals at the finals of the events: Men's 200 meters category T46 and Men's 400 meters category T46 with times of 22.25 seconds and 49.44 seconds respectively.
Additionally, the Cypriot champion athlete conquered three more medals in the 2012 European Championships organised by the International Paralympic Committee in June 2012 in Stadskanaal. Specifically, he won the gold medal in men's 400 meters category T46 with a time of 50.55 seconds, the gold in the men's 200 meters category T46 with a time of 22.58 seconds and a silver medal in men's 100 meters category T46 with a time of 11.36 seconds.
|2006 IPC Athletics World Championships||Assen, Netherlands||3rd||Bronze||400m T46||50.24 |
|IWAS Athletics World Championship 2007||Taipei, Taiwan||2nd||Silver||200m T46|
|2011 IPC Athletics World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||1st||Gold||200m Τ46||22.25 |
|2011 IPC Athletics World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||1st||Gold||400m T46||49.44 |
|2012 IPC Athletics European Championships||Stadskanaal, Netherlands||1st||Gold||400m T46||50.55 |
|2012 IPC Athletics European Championships||Stadskanaal, Netherlands||1st||Gold||200m T46||22.58 |
|2012 IPC Athletics European Championships||Stadskanaal, Netherlands||2nd||Silver||100m T46||11.36 |
Participation in Paralympic Games
Aresti participated at the 13th Summer Paralympic Games held in Beijing in September 2008. His participation was a great moment for both his career and the history of Cypriot sport since he managed to win two silver medals in the Men's 200m T46 and Men's 400m T46 with times of 22.15 seconds  and 48.87 seconds  respectively.
During the 14th Summer Paralympic Games held in London in 2012, the Cypriot sprinter participated and finished fourth in the finals of men's 200m category T46 and men's 400m category T46 with times 22.40 seconds  and 49.59 seconds  respectively. Also, he participated in the men's 100m race category T46 with time 11.36  but did not qualify for the final race of the event.
|2008 Summer Paralympics||Beijing, China||2nd||Bronze||200m T46||22.15|
|2008 Summer Paralympics||Beijing, China||2nd||Bronze||400m T46||48.87|
|2012 Summer Paralympics||London, United Kingdom||4th||200m T46||22.40 ||RR|
|2012 Summer Paralympics||London, United Kingdom||4th||400m T46||49.59 ||SB|
|2012 Summer Paralympics||London, United Kingdom||nq||100m T46||11.36|
|July 30, 2011||Stoke Mandeville Disability Athletics Challenge||100m T46||Stoke Μandeville, United Kingdom||11.08 |
|Athletics Pancyprian Championship||200m T46||Nicosia, Cyprus||22.01|
|Athletics Bulgarian Championship||400m T46||Sofia, Bulgaria||48.51|
|2009||International Athletics Meeting||Thessaloniki, Greece||8th||200 m||22.69 |
|2010||International Athletics Meeting||Thessaloniki, Greece||5th||400 m||48.71|
|year||International Athletics Meeting||city, Italy||1st||200 m T46||22.60|
|year||International Athletics Meeting||city, Italy||1st||400 m T46||49.50|
|2011||Stoke Mandeville Disability Athletics Challenge||Stoke Μandeville, United Kingdom||100 m T46||11.08 ||PB|
|2011||Stoke Mandeville Disability Athletics Challenge||Stoke Μandeville, United Kingdom||200 m T46||22.70|
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- Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Athletics Men's 200m T46
- Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Athletics Men's 400m T46
- London 2012 Paralympic Games Athletics Men's 200 m T46
- London 2012 Paralympic Games Athletics Men's 400 m T46
- London 2012 Paralympic Games Athletics Men's 100 m T46
- Antonis Aresti's profile on paralympic.org