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Daniela Todorova

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Family
Husband Michele Camozzi
Residence
Kazanlak, BUL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Bulgarian, English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Vasil Levski National Sports Academy: Sofia, BUL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in athletics at age 12 while she was at school in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. She started javelin training and then began competing at events.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by world champion Tsvetanka Hristova, who became my first coach."
Club / Team
Daniela Todorova Sports Club: Kazanlak, BUL
Name of coach
Radostin Todorov [brother], BUL, from 2008

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Prague, CZE

General interest

Hobbies
Travel, shopping. (Athlete, 26 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F54/55/56 javelin at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her brother Radostin Todorov, who is also her coach, and other members of her family. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny, Russian javelin thrower Mariya Abakumova. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She damaged the tendons in her right shoulder while competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. After undergoing surgery she suffered from muscle weakness and a loss of movement in her right arm. She competed at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales even though her doctor advised against it. (sportal.bg, 17 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
Her brother Radostin Todorov has coached Para athletics at international level. Her husband Michele Camozzi has represented Italy in Para athletics at international level and competed in the T13 100m and 200m at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021; Facebook profile, 08 Mar 2021; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 2006 during a weightlifting session, she slipped while lifting a 120 kilogram barbell. The weight fell on her and crushed her spine, resulting in paraplegia. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; enil.eu, 25 Jun 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 3
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 2011-01-27 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 13
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-05 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55-57 Final 1 2013-07-21 6
Women's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-25 7
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2015-10-25 3
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2015-10-28 10
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2015-10-29 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F56 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final Round 2016-09-17 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2017-07-15 4
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2017-07-17 5