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Miroslaw Madzia

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Residence
Skoczow, POL
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002 in Skoczow, Poland.
Why this sport?
His high school teacher Korneliusz Rakus encouraged him to get involved in the sport. "I took up athletics late. I was too old to run and I had a good physical predisposition for throwing."
Club / Team
IKS Cieszyn: Poland
Name of coach
Jaroslaw Sobczyk [club], POL

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Poland

General interest

Nicknames
Mirek (gazetacodzienna.pl, 03 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F11 discus at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales and representing Poland at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Apr 2021; tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018; Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, Polish motorcycle speedway rider Tomasz Gollob. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He lost his sight at age 13. From age four he had no vision in one eye and he was then diagnosed with retinal detachment. He underwent several operations, but they did not improve his condition. (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)
Other information
SWITCHING DISCIPLINES
Ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo he decided to switch his specialism from discus to shot put to improve his chances of winning a medal. "I never felt fulfilled after winning my trophies, but I know that winning a Paralympic medal would be the moment when I will feel absolutely happy. It will crown my career, so I will do my best to achieve it." (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 2011-01-22 5
Men's Shot Put F11 Final 2011-01-24 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2013-07-20 6
Men's Shot Put F11 Final 1 2013-07-25 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2015-10-27 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus F11 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2017-07-17 4