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RUZHDI Ruzhdi
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthKubrat, BUL
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
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
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2012 Shot Put F54-56 9.78
11 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 30.47
  2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56  NoM
6 2016 Discus Throw F56 38.04
1 2016 Shot Put F55 12.33
2 2021 Shot Put F55 12.23
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 29.72
9 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 26.35
9 2013 Shot Put F54/55 9.91
9 2015 Discus Throw F56 34.74
8 2015 Javelin Throw F55 25.39
1 2015 Shot Put F55 11.81
4 2017 Discus Throw F56 37.65
1 2017 Shot Put F55 12.47
1 2019 Shot Put F55 12.25
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Discus Throw F56 32.72
5 2014 Javelin Throw F56 24.77
1 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 11.48
1 2016 Discus Throw F56 39.33
1 2016 Shot Put F55 12.04
3 2018 Discus Throw F56 35.80
1 2018 Shot Put F55 12.14
1 2021 Shot Put F55 12.27