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Metwaly Mathna



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Three daughters, three sons
Cairo, EGY

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five in Shanawan, Egypt. At age 15 he lifted 125kg and had to find a new place to train as his village did not have enough weights for him to do heavier lifts.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up powerlifting by a coach at a nearby sports centre. "I didn't like how society treated me, this was a motivation for me to start sports. I wanted to prove myself."
Club / Team
Police Sports Federation Club: Egypt
Name of coach
Mostafa Fadlon [club], EGY; Saeed Abdelhafez [club], EGY; Mahmoud Nabil [national], EGY

International debut

Competing for
Paralympic Games
Atlanta, GA, USA

General interest

Fishing, travelling. (Athlete, 04 May 2021, 05 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 04 May 2021)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian weightlifters Ahmed Gomaa and Mosad Mosbah. (Athlete, 04 May 2021, 05 Mar 2019)
He sustained a shoulder injury in late 2020 and required surgery. He was expected to miss around seven months of competition while recovering. (Athlete, 04 May 2021;, 14 Mar 2021;, 14 Mar 2021)

An injury prevented him from taking part in competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 13 Sep 2016)

In July 1999 he sustained a shoulder injury that prevented him from training and competing for nearly three months. In 2000 he suffered a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of action for a further five months, but he returned in time to compete at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (, 13 Jun 2001)
Awards and honours
He was Egypt's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (, 29 Aug 2012;, 06 Sep 2016)
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at a young age. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019;, 14 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -60 kg Final Round 1
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 1
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 82.50kg Final 2010-07-28 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -82.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-04 3
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 80.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-08 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -80 kg Final Round 2016-09-12 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00kg Final 2017-12-06 10