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Ruzhdi Ruzhdi

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Residence
Glodzhevo, BUL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Bulgarian, English, Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2010 at age 19 in Pavel Banya, Bulgaria.
Why this sport?
He wanted to take up an activity that would make him stronger. During the rehabilitation from his accident he met Bulgarian Para athlete Daniela Todorova and her brother and coach Radostin Todorov, who encouraged him to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Daniela Todorova Sports Club: Kazanlak, BUL
Name of coach
Radostin Todorov [club, personal], BUL

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Olomouc, CZE

General interest

Hobbies
Gaming, music. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and setting the world record in the F55 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Bulgarian athlete Daniela Todorova. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
German shot putter David Storl. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Injuries
He underwent skin graft surgery due to an open wound after competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (bgdnes.bg, 11 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018, 2017 and 2016 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. (kazanlak.com, 15 Jan 2019; presstv.bg, 06 Feb 2018; 18 Jan 2017)

In 2017 and 2016 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Bulgaria and also received the 2016 Sports Icarus award from the Bulgarian Sports Foundation. (blitz.bg, 09 Jan 2018; gong.bg, 05 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To become a two-time Paralympic Games gold medallist. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He fractured his spine in a car accident at age 17. His injures resulted in paraplegia. (BTV Media Group YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2017; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 15
Men's Discus Throw F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-05 11
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-08 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-21 12
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-24 9
Men's Shot Put F54/55 Final 1 2013-07-27 9
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F56 Final 1 2015-10-22 9
Men's Javelin F55 Final 1 2015-10-26 8
Men's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F56 Final Round 2016-09-10 6
Men's Shot Put F55 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F56 Final 1 2017-07-16 4
Men's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2017-07-20 1