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Justyna Kozdryk



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Grojec, POL
Athlete, Public Servant
English, Polish
Higher education
Pedagogy - Academy of Special Education: Warsaw, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 1999 in Jasieniec, Poland.
Why this sport?
Her older sister Joanna convinced her to go to a gym, where she met coach Miroslaw Malec, who spotted her talent.
Club / Team
START Radom [POL] / GKS Kraska Jasieniec [POL]:
Name of coach
Mariusz Oliwa [national], POL

General interest

Photography. (, 25 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 44kg category at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 28 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (, 28 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish weightlifter and mixed martial artist Szymon Kolecki. (, 04 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2008 she was honoured with the Gold Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (, 18 Mar 2014)
She became the first female powerlifter representing Poland to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when she claimed silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (, 10 Sep 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Dec 2019)
She was born with achondroplasia. (, 28 Apr 2015)
Other information
She works in the traffic department at the police headquarters in Grojec, Poland. (, 28 Dec 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 2
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 44.00kg Final 2010-07-25 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 2012-08-31 5
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-06 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -45 kg Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00kg Final 2017-12-04 5