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Mohammed Khamis Khalaf



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Four sons, two daughters
Dubai, UAE
Athlete, Government Official
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 try the sport. "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. I love challenges, and this is one sport which challenges me, my strength and power."
Club / Team
Dubai Club: United Arab Emirates
Name of coach
Tito Kasem, MAR, from 1992
Training Regime
He normally trains five times a week, but increases his workload to two sessions a day, six days a week ahead of competitions.

International debut

Competing for
United Arab Emirates
World Championships
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Football. (, 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)
Most influential person in career
Coach Tito Kasem. (, 24 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
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 underwent surgery in May 2010. The injury continued to affect him through to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 24 Feb 2021;, 07 Sep 2016;, 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. (, 29 Aug 2012)
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 in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2019;, 01 Aug 2012)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 24 Feb 2021, 16 Feb 2020)
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;, 01 Jun 2012)
Other information
Born in Qatar, at age 10 he and his family moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (, 07 Feb 2017)

He has worked at the Dubai courts in the United Arab Emirates. (, 24 Feb 2021)


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