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KHALAF Mohammed Khamis
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United Arab Emirates   
Height1.64 m
Weight 97 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Dubai, UAE
Arabic, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 1994 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Why this sport?
His uncle encouraged him to start. "I fell in love with this sport. It symbolises challenge and strength. If you don't train for a week you come back and have to start from scratch. This is why I like powerlifting - because you can never stop."
Club / Team
Dubai Club for the Disabled: United Arab Emirates
Name of coach
Tito Kasem, MAR, from 1994
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United Arab Emirates
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals and one silver medal at the Paralympic Games between 2004 and 2016. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have the spirit to challenge yourself." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the United Arab Emirates at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 29 Aug 2012)
He had polio as a young child, which resulted in paralysis in his legs. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017;, 01 Jun 2012)
Other information
He became the first Emirati athlete in any sport to win a Paralympic gold medal by claiming victory in the 82.5kg category at the 2004 Games Athens. (, 01 Aug 2012)

Born in Qatar, he moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at age 10 with his family. (, 07 Feb 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2000 82.5kg 205.0
1 2004 82.5kg 217.5
2 2008 90kg 227.5
  2012 90kg  DNF
1 2016 88kg 220
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 1998 82.5kg 175.0
3 2002 82.5kg 210.0
2 2006 90kg 225.0
5 2014 88kg 218.0
2 2017 97kg 220.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 88kg 220
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 97kg 232
2 2018 97kg 224