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KOZUN Karol Wojciech
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthSieradz, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Residence
Sieradz, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2007 in Zdunska-Wola, Poland.
Why this sport?
He wanted to remain involved in sports following his accident because he had always been an active person. "Sport is my passion."
Club / Team
START Zdunska-Wola: Poland
Name of coach
Wojciech Kikowski [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Poland
Location
Manchester, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Koza (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Cars, trading on the stock market, watching movies. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016; Sierdadzka TV Media YouTube channel, 13 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F54-56 shot put at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and claiming gold medals at the 2011 and 2013 world championships. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016; Sierdadzka TV Media YouTube channel, 13 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
US shot put athlete Randy Barnes. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol
Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist Alistair Overeem. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before he competes. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was presented with the Silver Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 07 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He fractured his spine in 2005 after he was involved in a traffic accident on his way home from a disco. (rokicki.cieszyn.pl, 15 Sep 2011; niepelnosprawni.pl, 27 Jan 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 Javelin Throw F55-56 26.69
13 2008 Shot Put F55-56 9.89
2 2012 Shot Put F54-56 11.36
7 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 27.62
4 2016 Shot Put F55 11.33
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 Javelin Throw F54-56 29.85
1 2011 Shot Put F54-56 11.58
1 2013 Shot Put F54/55 11.23
5 2015 Javelin Throw F55 29.39
3 2015 Shot Put F55 11.47
5 2017 Shot Put F55 10.60
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Javelin Throw F56 22.28
3 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 11.03
5 2016 Shot Put F55 10.50
3 2018 Shot Put F55 10.36