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MATHANA Metwaly
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Egypt   
GenderMen
Age45
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cairo, EGY
Languages
Arabic
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five in Shanawan, Egypt. At age 15 he lifted 125kg and had to find a new place to train as his village did not have enough weights for him to do heavier lifts.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up powerlifting by a coach at a nearby sports centre. "I didn't like how society treated me, this was a motivation for me to start sports. I wanted to prove myself."
Club / Team
Police Federation Club: Egypt
Senior International Debut
Year
1996
Competing for
Egypt
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Atlanta, GA, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Mostafa Selim. (sports.weladelbalad.com, 05 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian weightlifters Ahmed Gomaa and Mohamed Mosbah. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Injuries
An injury prevented him from taking part in competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (el-balad.com, 13 Sep 2016)

In July 1999 he sustained a shoulder injury that prevented him from training and competing for nearly three months. In 2000 he suffered a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of action for a further five months, but he returned in time to compete at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (essamazouz.com, 13 Jun 2001)
Awards and honours
He was Egypt's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012; myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio contracted at a young age. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019; sport.elwatannews.com, 14 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1996 60kg 177.5
1 2000 60kg 197.5
1 2004 67.5kg 212.5
1 2008 67.5kg 217.5
3 2012 82.5kg 227
  2016 80kg  NoM
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 60kg 197.5
1 2002 67.5kg 212.5
1 2006 67.5kg 217.5
1 2010 82.5kg 230.0
2 2014 80kg 232.0
10 2017 88kg 190.0
4 2019 72kg 182.0