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Female Para athlete Diana Dadzite of Latvia throws a shot put

Diana Dadzite

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Dadzite was the most successful field eventer at the London 2017 World Championships, winning no fewer than three gold medals.

The Latvian won shot put F55, discus F55 and javelin F56 in the London Stadium, setting a new javelin F55 world record in the process.

Dadzite’s third-round throw of 27.07m in the javelin F56 added 3.81m on to her winning distance from Rio 2016, where she won discus bronze in addition to gold in the javelin F56.

Prior to 2016, Dadzite had not managed to reach the podium at a major international competition, but she made her mark at the Grosseto European Championships in June that year, winning shot put F55 gold, javelin F56 silver and discus F55 bronze.

Dadzite’s image appears on Latvian stamps after the country marked the success of Latvia’s Rio 2016 Paralympic medallists with stamps in their honour.

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Riga, LAT
Languages
English, German, Italian, Latvian, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in throwing events in 2014.
Why this sport?
She was spotted by Latvian coaches while attending the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. "My friend [Latvian Para athlete Aigars Apinis] was competing and I was supporting him. Some coaches saw that my hands were really strong and said, 'Come on, we will go to the stadium and try to throw the javelin'. I said, 'No, no, leave me alone'." She went on to try the sport, and began competing the following year.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Latvia

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, reading, driving. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and setting a new world record in the F56 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Latvian Para athlete Aigars Apinis. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Latvian Para athlete Aigars Apinis. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was the flag bearer for Latvia at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

She received the Riga Sport Laureate Award for Best Athlete with an Impairment in 2017. (skaties.lv, 09 Dec 2017)

She was Latvia's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (MyInfo, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball at club level in Latvia, Italy and Germany. (skaties.lv, 10 Feb 2017; volksfreund.de, 23 Mar 2018; konz.eu, 01 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 19 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida but did not know about it until she was 16. Her impairment was aggravated after a car accident in 2012 that resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 18 Sep 2016; lpkomiteja.lv, 2016; paralympic.org, 03 Apr 2018; konz.eu, 01 Jul 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked for German Para sports club RSC-Rollis Trier, with responsibility for sponsorship. (skaties.lv, 10 Feb 2017)

FROM LATVIA TO GERMANY
She was born in Latvia, but moved to Germany in 2010 with her former partner, who had been offered a contract to play for a German wheelchair basketball club. She took part in training sessions for fun before being offered a contract to also play for the club. "I'm proud to be Latvian! I have had offers to change my citizenship, but I have always refused because my heart will be always in Latvia." (fronte.lv, 01 Oct 2018; skaties.lv, 10 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2015-10-25 4
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2015-10-28 11
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2015-10-29 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F56 Final Round 2016-09-10 1
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2017-07-15 1
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 1 2017-07-21 1