Alexander Pototschnig

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

Key facts:

Nationality: Austrian

Born: 1998

Sport: Athletics

Classification: T47

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.


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