Alexander Pototschnig

Ottobock employee and up-and-coming athlete Alexander Pototschnig has never let his disability – he was born without a right forearm – keep him from pursuing his sporting goals.

Promising new talent in Austria

Alexander Pototschnig celebrated his first international successes as a runner at the International German Athletics Championships in Berlin in June 2015. Alexander, who holds the Austrian U18 records in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres, came third in two races and improved his personal bests (PBs) in these disciplines.

Just one month later, at the IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) World Junior Games in the Netherlands in July 2015, he achieved further successes. Here he won three gold medals, in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres.

Alexander wants more people to become familiar with parasports.

“It’s great to see what these athletes are doing with their lives and just how much people can achieve – despite, or perhaps even because of a disability. I think everyone should try going to a parasports event so they can see for themselves.”

Alexander Pototschnig, track and field athlete and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Alexander Pototschnig is looking forward to competing at Tokyo in 2020.

Focusing on one goal

Every day, Alexander trains for anything between ninety minutes and two hours. In summer, he dedicates this time to intensive running, speedwork and starting block sessions. In winter, his focus turns to bodywork, including longer runs and weight training in long, hard gym sessions.

Alexander works in the Technical Service department for Ottobock Vienna where he is a service technician for upper limbs. Thanks to his own special experiences with sports, he and the company can both learn from each other.

The 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo are his next big milestone.

Victories and achievements

  • World Para Athletics Junior Championships 2017: silver medal in 200 m, bronze medals in 400 m and 100 m
  • World Para Athletics Championships London 2017: qualified with PBs in 200 m und 400 m finals
  • International German Championships 2016: gold medal in 200 m, 3rd place in 100 m
  • IWAS Junior World Games 2015: gold medals in 100 m, 200 m, 400 m
  • International German Championships 2015: 3rd place in 100 m, 200 m
  • Austrian National Championships 2015: 1st place in 200 m, 2nd place in 400 m, 3rd place in 100 m

Key facts

  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Year of birth: 1998
  • Sport: track and field
  • Classification: T47
  • Coach: Philipp Wessely
  • Club: Union West Vienna, NÖVSV (Lower Austrian Association for Disabled Sports)
  • Device: in daily life: Michelangelo hand