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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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a male powerlifter holds up his gold medal

Paul Kehinde

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Lagos, NGR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up powerlifting in November 2005 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
"I began the sport to prove to people that there is ability in disability."
Name of coach
Feyisetan Are [national]
Training Regime
He trains for three hours a day.

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Nigeria

General interest

Hobbies
Music. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 65kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Feyisetan Are. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Coach Feyisetan Are. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is ability in disability." (Athlete, 27 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named a Member of the Order of the Niger [MON] by the Nigerian government. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)

He was named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Nigeria Sports Awards. (vanguardngr.com, 05 Dec 2016)

He received a special award from the president of Nigeria after winning gold and setting a world record at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Sportsday Newspapers Facebook page, 02 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
Improving his own world record in the 65kg category, which he set in 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org, 08 Jul 2019)
Impairment
The paralysis to his lower limbs is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has set up the Paul Kehinde Foundation in Nigeria. "I have encouraged a lot of new powerlifting athletes. They are going to be tomorrow's champions in Nigeria. We are disciplined, determined, and train hard, like there's no tomorrow. Truly there is no excuse not to achieve your dreams. I use myself as a case study to encourage others." (paralympic.org, 08 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -65 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00kg Final 2017-12-08 1