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JARJU Demba
Sport Para athletics
NPC Gambia   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthBanjul, GAM
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gambia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2009.
General Interest
Awards and honours
He was Gambia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball between 2004 and 2009. (paralympicgambia.com, 2012)
Impairment
At age 10 he contracted polio, which caused him to lose the use of both his legs. (sportingintelligence.com, 09 Sep 2012)
Other information
FIRSTS
He became the first athlete from Gambia to take part in the Paralympic Games when he competed in the T54 100m at the 2012 Games in London. He also won the 2014 Gambian Marathon, which was the first time para-athletes had competed in the event. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2016; paralympic.org, 30 Oct 2014; observer.gm, 04 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 100m T54 18.84
Round 1 2012 800m T54 2:27.88
Round 1 2016 100m T54 18.82
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 200m T54  DSQ
Semifinal 2013 100m T54 17.92