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TODOROVA Daniela
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderWomen
Age39
Place of BirthKazanlak, BUL
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Michele Camozzi
Residence
Kazanlak, BUL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Bulgarian, English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Vasil Levski National Sports Academy: Sofia, BUL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in athletics at age 12 while she was at school in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. She started training for javelin and then began going to competitions.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by world champion Tsvetanka Hristova, who became my first coach."
Club / Team
Daniela Todorova Sports Club: Kazanlak, BUL
Name of coach
Radostin Todorov [brother], BUL, from 2008
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Prague, CZE
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, shopping. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her brother Radostin, who is also her coach, and other members of her family. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny, Russian javelin thrower Mariya Abakumova. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She damaged the tendons in her right shoulder while competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. After undergoing surgery she suffered from muscle weakness and a loss of movement in her right arm. She competed at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales, even though her doctor advised against it. (sportal.bg, 17 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no success." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
Her brother Radostin Todorov has coached Para athletics at international level. Her partner Michele Camozzi represents Italy in Para athletics at international level. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 09 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (laprovinciacr.it, 23 Oct 2018)
Impairment
In 2006 during a weightlifting session, she slipped while lifting a 120 kilogram barbell. The weight fell on her and crushed her spine, resulting in paraplegia. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; enil.eu, 25 Jun 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Javelin Throw F54-56 19.38
13 2012 Shot Put F54-56 6.83
6 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 19.25
5 2016 Javelin Throw F56 19.54
  2016 Discus Throw F55  DNS
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 Javelin Throw F54-56 19.10
6 2013 Shot Put F55/56/57 6.53
7 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 18.30
3 2015 Shot Put F55 7.12
10 2015 Discus Throw F55 16.84
3 2015 Javelin Throw F56 18.30
4 2017 Shot Put F55 6.83
5 2017 Javelin Throw F56 18.65
7 2019 Javelin Throw F56 18.27
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Discus Throw F55 16.43
5 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 6.42
2 2014 Javelin Throw F56 17.82
3 2016 Shot Put F55 6.90
5 2016 Discus Throw F55 16.45
3 2016 Javelin Throw F56 18.80
2 2018 Discus Throw F55 18.45
3 2018 Javelin Throw F56 19.90
2 2018 Shot Put F55 6.86