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RUZHDI Ruzhdi
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthGlodzhevo, BUL
Height1.85 m
Weight 105 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kazanlak, BUL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Bulgarian, Turkish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2010 in Pavel Banya, Bulgaria.
Why this sport?
He wanted to take up an activity that would make him stronger.
Club / Team
Daniela Todorova Sports Club for Disabled People: Kazanlak, BUL
Name of coach
Radostin Todorov [personal], BUL, from 2010
Training Regime
He trains in Pavel Banya, Bulgaria.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Czech Republic
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (blitz.bg, 09 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Radostin Todorov. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
German shot putter David Storl. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport makes the body strong and spirit eternal." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2017 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Bulgaria. (blitz.bg, 09 Jan 2018)

He received the 2016 Sports Icarus award from the Bulgarian Sports Foundation. (gong.bg, 05 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2016 and 2017 Athlete of the Year in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. (presstv.bg, 06 Feb 2018; 18 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (blitz.bg, 09 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He was involved in an accident which resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2012 Shot Put F54-56 9.78
11 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 30.47
  2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56  NoM
6 2016 Discus Throw F56 38.04
1 2016 Shot Put F55 12.33
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 29.72
9 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 26.35
9 2013 Shot Put F54/55 9.91
9 2015 Discus Throw F56 34.74
8 2015 Javelin Throw F55 25.39
1 2015 Shot Put F55 11.81
4 2017 Discus Throw F56 37.65
1 2017 Shot Put F55 12.47
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Discus Throw F56 32.72
5 2014 Javelin Throw F56 24.77
1 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 11.48
1 2016 Discus Throw F56 39.33
1 2016 Shot Put F55 12.04
3 2018 Discus Throw F56 35.80
1 2018 Shot Put F55 12.14