Demba Jarju of Gambia competes in the Men's 800m -T34 race at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Demba Jarju



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2009.

General interest

Awards and honours
He was Gambia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)

He was named 2012 Paralympic Player of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Association of Gambia. (, 20 Sep 2012)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball between 2004 and 2009. (, 2012)
He became the first athlete from Gambia to take part in the Paralympic Games when he competed in the T54 100m at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2016;, 30 Oct 2014;, 04 Sep 2012)
At age 10 he contracted polio, which caused him to lose the use of both of his legs. (, 09 Sep 2012)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 2012-09-01 7
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-05 8
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Semifinal 3 2013-07-23 9999
Men's 100 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 7