Manuela Schär

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Manuela Schär
Manuela Schär.jpg
Manuela Schär near half way mark of 2019 Boston Marathon in which she won
Personal information
Birth nameManuela Schär
Born (1984-12-05) 5 December 1984 (age 34)
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight46 kg (101 lb)
DisabilitySpinal cord injury
Disability classT54
Coached byRoland Giger

Manuela Schär (born 5 December 1984) is a Paralympian athlete from Switzerland competing mainly in category T54 sprint events. She has used a wheelchair since the age of 8, when a playground accident paralysed her from the waist down.[1]


Schär competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. There she won a silver medal in the women's 200 metres – T54 event, bronze in the women's 100 metres – T54 event and finished sixth in the women's 400 metres – T54 event. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China, she won bronze in the women's 200 metres – T54 event, finishing fourth in the 100 metres and sixth again in the women's 400 metres. She competed again in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where her best results were two fifth places.

In 2017, she won the Women's Wheelchair category of the 121st Boston Marathon and the 37th London Marathon. In 2018, she won the Women's Wheelchair category of the 2018 Chicago Marathon and the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. In 2019, she won the 123rd Boston Marathon.