Marcel has competed in three previous Paralympics, winning two gold, four silver and two bronze medals, but his performance in Tokyo moved him to a different level and he was voted Best Male Athlete at the Paralympic Games. In a stunning 2021, Marcel also won the Berlin, New York and Boston marathons. It is Marcel’s second Laureus Award, he also won the 2018 Laureus Disability Award. Away from the track he is a Laureus Ambassador and supports the work of Laureus Sport for Good.
It’s just amazing to receive this award. I’m very proud. It is a big honour for me. To be chosen as the winner by the Laureus Academy which includes legends from all sports. To win the Award for the second time is just crazy. When I won the first Award I thought it was a highlight in my career, but now to win it twice is amazing.
“As a disabled athlete you show different kind of things to other people, they see you as a victim sometimes but I always try to show people I am a human first and also an athlete that shows good performances in sport.
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