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OVCHAROV Dechko
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthKazanlak, BUL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F63
Further Personal Information
Family
Sons Danail and Stefan
Residence
Kazanlak, BUL
Languages
Bulgarian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
The president of the Bulgarian Paralympic Association noticed his talent and encouraged him to try Para athletics.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Coach Stefan Stoykov. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered kidney problems during a 2009 World Cup event in India that required hospital treatment. It troubled him for three years and led to surgery to remove kidney stones. (bgathletic.com, 10 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Bulgaria at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany and the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018; 24chasa.bg, 07 Sep 2016)

He was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Pavel Banya, Bulgaria in September 2017. (kazanlak.com, 27 Sep 2017)

He was named the 2011 Athlete of the Year by the Bulgarian Paralympic Association. (sportal.bg, 29 Dec 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (insport.bg, 13 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident in 1988 at age eight, which resulted in his left leg being amputated above the knee. (bgathletic.com, 10 Jan 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a sports teacher and athletics coach at a secondary school in Pavel Banya, Bulgaria. (sou.pavelbanya.eu, 01 Jan 2019, 23 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 Shot Put F42 10.71 
9 2004 Discus Throw F42 33.09 
9 2004 Javelin Throw F42 40.56 
7 2008 Javelin Throw F42/44 45.54
7 2008 Discus Throw F42 39.25
  2012 Discus Throw F42  NoM
8 2012 Javelin Throw F42 43.69
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2002 Javelin Throw F42 39.43
9 2006 Shot Put F42 11.06
8 2006 Discus Throw F42 35.02
2 2006 Javelin Throw F42 47.42
1 2011 Javelin Throw F42 44.44
5 2011 Discus Throw F42 38.96
3 2013 Discus Throw F42 40.95
4 2013 Javelin Throw F42 47.63
3 2015 Discus Throw F42 42.31
15 2015 Javelin Throw F44 43.66
3 2017 Discus Throw F42 39.22
  2017 Shot Put F42  DNS
9 2019 Shot Put F63 10.80
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Javelin Throw F42 43.44
3 2014 Discus Throw F42 38.22
6 2016 Shot Put F42 11.70
3 2016 Discus Throw F42 38.47
  2016 Javelin Throw F44  DNS
6 2018 Javelin Throw F64 37.54
5 2018 Discus Throw F63 37.20
4 2021 Shot Put F63 11.28