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Ruben Soroseb



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Two children
Walvis Bay, NAM
Afrikaans, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport after he left school.
Why this sport?
"One day there was an athletics event in Walvis Bay [in Namibia] and I heard on the radio that people with an impairment were also going to participate. So I went and that's where it started. I made some new friends who invited me to come and train with them."
Club / Team
Wills Gym: Walvis Bay, NAM

General interest

Going to the gym. (, 30 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (, 19 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
Namibian sprinter Frankie Fredericks. (, 19 May 2016)
He sustained a back injury in 2016. (, 19 May 2016)

He had a shoulder injury while training for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 19 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am a guy who has faith and whenever I suffer a setback, I always come back stronger to do something that would boost my ego." (, 30 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He shared the Namibia Sports Commission's Disabled Sportsman of the Year award with Reginald Benade in 2009. (, 30 Sep 2009)
The impairment to his legs is the result of polio. He was diagnosed with the illness as a baby. "One of my legs is short so I wear a brace that helps me to walk." (, 19 May 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -82.5 kg Final Round 15
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 2012-09-05 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -107 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 9