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Benian Richard Duffi

Athletics | Powerlifting


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Abidjan, CIV
Higher education
Accounting, Finance - Felix Houphouet-Boigny University: Abidjan, CIV

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
Why this sport?
A coach named Djoman Emilie spotted him at a market and encouraged him to try sports. He had earlier been forced to quit his studies due to financial issues, so he saw sports as his second chance at a career.

General interest

Video games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Ivorian Para athlete Kone Oumar. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Ivorian Para athlete Kone Oumar, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, Brazilian footballer Pele. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para powerlifting at international level. (, 15 Mar 2018)
Other information
He played a prophet in the feature-length film about violence in Africa, 'Quand l'Enfer Vient a Moi' [When Hell Comes to Me]. The film director Sally Konan Gasparini found him through the internet while she was looking to cast someone of his stature for the role. (, 12 Jun 2015)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F41 Final Round 2016-09-11 10
Men's Shot Put F40 Final Round 2016-09-16 6