Marlene van Gansewinkel

Marlene has represented the Netherlands in athletics at the European and World Championships.

The Dutch athlete was born without a lower leg and lower arm and her right hand was also underdeveloped. After major surgery and being fitted with a leg prosthesis, she learned to walk and play a variety of school sports, with her favorite being football.

In May 2013 she got her own running blade and took to the track. Within a few months she ran below 15 seconds and was invited to compete in the 2013 World Championships where she finished seventh in the 100m with a personal record of 14.32 seconds.

The European Championships in Swansea in 2014 followed and Marlene came fourth in the 100m, 200m and 400m and fifth in the long jump.

Marlene is now a full time athlete. She has set her sights firmly on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and all the signs are looking good. At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships her hard work and determination paid off with her first podium finish, a silver medal in the long jump and a personal best in the 100m.

Key competitive achievements:

Paralympic Games IPC World Championships
Rio 2016
  • Long Jump Bronze
Doha 2015
  • Long Jump Silver

Key facts

Nationality: Dutch

Year of birth: 1995

Sport: 100m, 200m and long jump

Classification: T44 (and/or T46)

Coach: Guido Bonsen

Club: Atletiekvereniging Attila

Career Highlights: Winning silver at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships with a personal best, and achieving a personal best in the 100m.

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