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KHALAF Mohammed Khamis
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United Arab Emirates   
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Four sons and two daughters
Dubai, UAE
Athlete, Government Official
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
Tito Kasem, MAR, from 1994: United Arab Emirates
Name of coach
Dubai Club for the Disabled
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United Arab Emirates
General Interest
Football. (, 19 Feb 2018)
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)
He won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing despite competing with an injury to his right elbow. Following the Games, the problem developed into a shoulder injury and he required surgery in May 2010. Although he continued to compete, the injury kept on troubling him and he was affected by it at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 07 Sep 2016;, 30 Nov 2011)
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 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. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2019;, 01 Aug 2012)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 07 Sep 2016)
He had polio as a young child, which resulted in paralysis in his legs. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017;, 01 Jun 2012)
Other information
Born in Qatar, at age 10 he and his family moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (, 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