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DUFFI Benian Richard
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Ivory Coast   
Place of BirthGrobonou-Dan, CIV
Height1.30 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Abidjan, CIV
Higher education
Accounting, Finance - Felix Houphouet-Boigny University: Abidjan, CIV
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
Why this sport?
A coach named Djoman Emilie spotted him at a market and encouraged him to try sports. He had earlier been forced to quit his studies due to financial issues, so he saw sports as his second chance at a career.
General Interest
Video games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Ivorian Para athlete Kone Oumar. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Ivorian Para athlete Kone Oumar, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, Brazilian footballer Pele. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para powerlifting at international level. (, 15 Mar 2018)
Other information
He played a prophet in the feature-length film about violence in Africa, 'Quand l'Enfer Vient a Moi' [When Hell Comes to Me]. The film director Sally Konan Gasparini found him through the internet while she was looking to cast someone of his stature for the role. (, 12 Jun 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016 Javelin Throw F41 30.31
6 2016 Shot Put F40 8.80
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
10 2019 Javelin Throw F41 30.02
10 2019 Shot Put F40 8.07