Ottobock ambassador

Olivier Hendriks

He was born without fibula bones and thus both his legs had been amputated below the knee when he was one year old.

Discovered the passion of sprinting

Olivier Hendriks started with judo at a young age. When he received his first pair of running prosthesis he, being a passionate football fan, started playing football until he was 12 years old.

Then, his prosthetist Frank Jol invited him to a talent day in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam where he was scouted for the Dutch Paralympic talent team. He started training on his prosthetics twice a week and soon enjoyed sprinting far more than playing football.

So he decided to quit football and started to train sprinting.

"I hope that more people get the chance to run on running prostheses, because you don´t know what you´re missing until you´ve tried it."

Olivier Hendriks, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador

After silver there might be gold someday

In 2017, Hendriks focused entirely on doing Para athletics and improved his sprinting performance quickly. At the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai in 2019, he, as a 16-year-old, took the silver medal in the 400 metres.

He focused on the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with the goal of winning a medal in the 400 metres run and secured the silver medal.

Key facts

  • Nation: Netherlands
  • Year of birth: 2003
  • Sport: Para Athletics – 100 m, 200 m, 400 m
  • Classification: T62
  • Coach: Fynn van Buuren, Brendan Troost
  • Club: AV´40

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020:
    • Silver medal on 400m
  • World Para Athletics Championships Dubai 2019:
    • Silver medal on 400 m
  • European Para Athletics Championships Bydgoszcz 2021:
    • Gold medal on 100 m and 200 m
  • European Para Athletics Championships Berlin 2018:
    • Silver medal on 400 m

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