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Marzena Zieba

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Marzena Zieba is currently enjoying the best moment of her powerlifting career. Most recently she took silver in the women’s over 86kg at the 2018 European Open Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France.

In 2017, she secured her best performance at a World Championships when she ended fifth in Mexico City thanks to a 129kg lift.

She won her first Paralympic medal at Rio 2016, where she took silver in the women’s over 186kg. A year prior to that achievement, she had already shown what she was capable of by lifting 127kg to claim the European title.

As a teenager, Zieba used to practice athletics. But coach Boguslaw Szczepanski suggested she tried powerlifting and she has not left the sport since. “I love powerlifting. It gives me the motivation to train more and more,” she always says.

Zieba has so far taken part in three Paralympic Games, making her debut at Beijing 2008, where she ended sixth, before repeating that result at London 2012. She also has three World Championships under her belt but has not yet reached the podium.

Zieba, who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, enjoys nail art, reading and listening to music when she is not competing.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Other names
Marzena Lazarz
Residence
Gromnik, POL
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting at age 15 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Why this sport?
"I love powerlifting. It gives me the motivation to train more and more."
Club / Team
START Tarnow: Poland
Name of coach
Mariusz Oliwa [national], POL

General interest

Hobbies
Nail art, reading, listening to music. (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016; sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (michalpol.blog.pl, 15 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. The condition causes multiple joint contractures. (michalpol.blog.pl, 15 Sep 2016; sport.tvp.pl, 16 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -60 kg Final Round 6
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 75.00kg Final 2010-07-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -75 kg Final Round 2012-09-03 6
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 86.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-10 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's +86 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Over 86.00kg Final 2017-12-08 5