Sebastian Dietz’ sporting career starts with soccer – in his hometown Neustadt an der Weinstraße he was considered one of the top soccer talents. As A-team youngster Dietz was a regular goalkeeper for the 1st Team of VfL Neustadt, with also further offerings by third division teams.
In February 2004 his athletic career seems abruptly finished – Dietz is paralyzed from the neck down after a serious car accident. Through a combination of extensive training and an equal amount of fighting spirit, he managed to defy his doctors’ prognoses and was able to stand and walk again in a short space of time. However, despite all his battles, he has been left with partial paraplegia. Since then Dietz, who before his accident had been offered a contract with 1. FC Kaiserslautern football club, has focused his entire energy on discus and shot-put. With outstanding success: In 2012, he won the gold medal for discus at the London Paralympics.
At the end of July 2013 in Lyon, he tops off his previous successes in this discipline with a new world record throw of 42.18 meters, guaranteeing his title of world disabled champion. He also wins silver in the shot put at the same event.
In September 2013 the participation of ISTAF Berlin follows, where Dietz i.e. competes against Robert Harting and in the end wins their duel: The contest is based on the average distances of the last five events each athlete had competed in. Whoever is able to surpass these distances more often would win. Dietz pulls that off twice, Harting only once – with the additional consequence that Harting with a smile pays for the round of drinks that evening.
Meanwhile discus throwing is eliminated from the schedule of the Paralympics and other international competitions such as the European and World Championships so that Sebastian Dietz focusses on his shot put skills in 2014 - and is able to deliver top performances also in this discipline.
In the so called "Abendsportfest" (evening sports festival) of the LG Lemgo on June 16 2014, he improves his personal record to 13,87m, sets thereby a new German record and now ranks No. 2 in the world leaderboard. Just days later, on June 20 during the International German Championships, he wins the gold medal in the shot put with 13,84m.
Eventually on 21 August 2014 he competes also at the European Championships in Swansea (Wales) in shot put and earns the silver medal.
At the Athletics World Championships in October 2015 in Doha (Qatar) Dietz wins the gold medal in shot-put thus securing a starting place for the Summer Paralympics in Rio 2016. With outside temperatures around 36 degrees he throws the shot put 14,87 metres in his fifth attempt leaving his nearest rival Wladimir Swiridow from Russia behind him. Sebastian is now the Paralympic World Champion in shot-put and looking forward to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
At the Paralympic Summer Games in September 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Sebastian Dietz won the gold medal in shot-put with a record distance of 14,84 m. Before his last attempt, he animates the audience to clap their hands for him - and when the laola wave rushes through the stadium, Dietz pushes the shot out of the ring for the last time. In all the five throwing attempts he was better than the second-placed Ukrainian Mikola Dibrowa. This allows the athlete to assert himself against his competitor once more. "The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic, I thank the Brazilians that I could be here."
In June 2017 Sebastian Dietz achieves a very special success: He sets a new world record in shot put in his competition class! At the Pentecost sport event of the TG Werste (Bad Oeynhausen) he breakes his personal record with a throw which hits the 15-metre-mark for the first time. Then his ambition grabs him and after a team meeting with his trainer Alex Holstein at the penultimate attempt he achieves a throw distance of 15,47 m – a new world record! "It was important to finally hit the ›15‹. We've been working on it for a really long time. It means a lot to me that the record is set here. The atmosphere at the ring was great", the sportsman is looking back on several weeks of training hard. So far the title belonged to his Russian rival Wladimir Sviridov with 15.34 m, which he now leaves behind with a distance of 13 centimeters.
From 14 -23 July 2017, the Paralympic World Athletics Championships will take place in London. We are looking forward to exciting competitions and our fingers are crossed for Sebastian!