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Mohammed Khamis Khalaf

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Four sons, two daughters
Residence
Dubai, UAE
Occupation
Athlete, Government Official
Languages
Arabic, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up powerlifting as a hobby in 1990.
Why this sport?
His uncle encouraged him to start. "I fell in love with this sport. It symbolises challenge and strength. If you don't train for a week you come back and have to start from scratch. This is why I like powerlifting - because you can never stop."
Club / Team
Dubai Club: United Arab Emirates
Name of coach
Tito Kasem, MAR, from 1992

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
United Arab Emirates
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Hobbies
Football. (albayan.ae, 19 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals and one silver medal at the Paralympic Games between 2004 and 2016. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Injuries
He won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing despite competing with an injury to his right elbow. Following the Games, the problem developed into a shoulder injury and he required surgery in May 2010. Although he continued to compete, the injury kept on troubling him and he was affected by it at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (storiesfromtheuae.com, 07 Sep 2016; sport360.com, 30 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have the spirit to challenge yourself." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the United Arab Emirates at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Milestones
He became the first Emirati athlete in any sport to win a Paralympic gold medal by claiming victory in the 82.5kg category at the 2004 Games Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2019; london2012.com, 01 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (storiesfromtheuae.com, 07 Sep 2016)
Impairment
The impairment to his legs is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness as a young child. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017; bplondon2012.com, 01 Jun 2012)
Other information
QATAR TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Born in Qatar, at age 10 he and his family moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (thenational.ae, 07 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -82.5 kg Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 2012-09-04 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-09 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -88 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 97.00kg Final 2017-12-07 2