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Abderrahman Ait Khamouch



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

One daughter
Castellón de la Plana, ESP
Arabic, Catalan, French, Spanish
Higher education
Computer Science

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running in Morocco.
Why this sport?
He loves the sport.
Club / Team
Playas de Castellon: Spain
Training Regime
In the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games, he did three months of altitude training in Ifrane, Morocco.

International debut

Competing for
Manchester, ENG

General interest

Abdel (Athlete, 26 Jan 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and winning gold at the 2015 Marathon World Championships in London, England. (, 01 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hector Garcia. (Athlete, 26 Jan 2011)
Hero / Idol
Moroccan runners Said Aouita and Hicham El Guerrouj. (, 11 Sep 2008; Athlete, 26 Jan 2011)
He experienced foot problems in 2016. (, 15 Jun 2016)

He underwent operations on his knee in 2014 and 2015. (, 01 Dec 2015;, 08 Apr 2014)

He had a cold in the week before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. During the marathon, he suffered a coughing fit when he was leading the race, and went on to finish second. (, 09 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want honey, you have to endure the sting of bees." (, 16 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
He received the 2016 Juan Palau Award from the Spanish Sports Federation for Athletes with an Impairment [FEDDF]. (, 24 May 2016)

In 2015 he was presented with the gold medal of the Royal Order of Sports' Merit by the Sports Superior Council of the Spanish government. In 2013 he had received the silver medal. (, 01 Dec 2015;, 15 Sep 2015)
At age eight he broke his right wrist after he fell into a well. He then had to have his arm amputated after getting gangrene due to poor medical care. (, 08 Apr 2014)
Other information
Born in a village in southern Morocco called Mellab, he left for Spain at age 15. He initially settled in the Canary Islands before moving to Barcelona on the mainland. (, 08 Apr 2014;, 11 Sep 2008)

He has written a book about his life called 'El Angel del Ala Partida' [The Angel with the Broken Wing]. It covers his departure from Morocco, his arrival in Spain, as well as his athletics career. (, 01 Dec 2015;, 08 Apr 2014;, 2009)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T46 Heat 2 1
Men's 800 m T46 Final Round 3
Men's 1500 m T46 Heat 2 2
Men's 1500 m T46 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T46 Final 2011-01-24 6
Men's 800 m T46 Final 2011-01-26 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T46 Final Round 2012-09-09 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T46 Final 1 2013-07-28 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T46 Final Round 2016-09-18 2