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AZZAM Husam
Sport Para athletics
NPC Palestine   
GenderMen
Age43
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
F53
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife and eight children
Residence
Palestine
Occupation
Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He trained in school playgrounds for javelin and later shot put in Gaza, Palestine.
Club / Team
Al Jazeera Sport Club: Palestine
Name of coach
Mohammed Dahman
General Interest
Awards and honours
He was Palestine's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 05 Sep 2008; myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He played table tennis and basketball with the Palestine Sports Federation for the Disabled. (maannews.com, 14 Oct 2008)
Impairment
He contracted polio as an infant, and lost the use of his legs. (maannews.com, 14 Oct 2008)
Other information
TRAGEDY
He took a six-year break from competing in 2010 after his first wife passed away during childbirth. In 2014 his home was bombed during the Israel-Gaza conflict, which forced him to move to a smaller house. (mondoweiss.net, 12 Sep 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
He won Palestine's first medal at the Paralympic Games when he claimed bronze in the F53 shot put at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (mondoweiss.net, 12 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2000 Discus Throw F54 19.35
3 2000 Shot Put F53 6.84
2 2004 Shot Put F53 7.82 
8 2008 Shot Put F53-54 7.89
8 2016 Shot Put F53 6.34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 Shot Put F53 7.33
10 2002 Discus Throw F54 22.41