Heinz Frei

Heinz Frei (born 28 January 1958)[1] is a Swiss wheelchair athlete. Frei has had a long career of racing, winning the London Marathon wheelchair race three times, and earning five medals at the 2003 European games at the age of 45.[2] He has earned 15 gold medals at the summer and winter Paralympics and is a current world record holder in the half-marathon and marathon wheelchair races.[3] He competed in athletics at every Summer Paralympic Games from 1984 to 2008, and at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics he competed in cycling, using a handcycle. At the Winter Paralympics, he competed in cross-country sit-skiing between 1984 and 2006 and in the biathlon in 1994.[4]

Heinz Frei
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Frei at the 2012 London Paralympics
Personal information
NationalitySwiss
Born (1958-01-28) 28 January 1958 (age 63)
Sport
Country  Switzerland
SportAthletics, cross-country skiing, and track and road cycling
Disability classH3
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York 1500m
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York 5000m
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York Marathon
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 1500m
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 10000m
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 800m
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 5000m
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Marathon
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 1500m
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 10000m
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 800m
Silver medal – second place 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York 800m
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 800m
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 5000m
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona 10000m
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 800m
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 4×400m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York 400m
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona 4×100m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney 10000m
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Marathon
Men's Road cycling
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Time trial
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Road race
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Time trial
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team relay
Men's Cross-country skiing
Winter Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Innsbruck 5km short distance
Silver medal – second place 1988 Innsbruck 3x2.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Innsbruck 10km middle distance
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Innsbruck 3×2.5km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Innsbruck 10km long distance
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Albertville/Tignes 3×2.5km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano 10km sitski
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano 15km sitski

Frei planned to retire from track competition at an event on 28 August 2009, though he will continue competing in road races.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athlete Biography: Frei, Heinz". The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ Schiendorfer, Andreas (2003-08-25). "Switzerland's Top Wheelchair Athletes". Credit Suisse. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  3. ^ a b "Heinz Frei at Weltklasse Zurich". Weltklasse Zurich. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  4. ^ Heinz Frei at the International Paralympic Committee

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