A rising star amongst Austrian runners
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. His greatest passion is running.
In June 2015, Alexander Pototschnig celebrated his first international successes as a runner at the International German Athletics Championships in Berlin, which are supported by the IPC. The Austrian youth record holder in the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre sprints achieved two third places, improving his personal bests in these races.
Just one month later, at the IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) World Junior Games in the Netherlands in July 2015, he achieved his greatest successes thus far. There, Pototschnig won three gold medals: in the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre races.
Pototschnig’s next goal: qualify for and participate in the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Key competitive achievements
- Silver medal in the 200-metre sprint and one bronze medal each in the 400-metre and
100-metre sprints at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland in 2017
- Qualified for the 2017 Athletics World Champions in London and achieved a personal best in 200-metre and 400-metre finals
- Gold medal in the 200-metre sprint and third place in the 100 metres at the International German Athletics Championships in Berlin in July 2016
- Gold medals in the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre sprints at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in the Netherlands
- Third place in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprints at the 2015 International German Championships
- First place in the 200 metres, second place in the 400 metres and third place in the 100 metres at the 2015 Austrian National Championships
Coach: Philipp Wessely
Home team/club:Union West Vienna, NÖVSV (Lower Austrian Association for Disabled Sports)
Equipment: Alexander Pototschnig wears the Michelangelo Hand as his everyday device.
The equipment used by athletes competing at the Paralympic Games relies on the latest technology and innovation. Here we show how it works.
Ottobock offered technical services at the Paralympic Games for the very first time in 1988. Since then, Ottobock has stood ready to support the athletes at every Paralympic Games. Learn more about this unique history.