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GORGODZE Iago
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Georgia   
GenderMen
Age42
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tbilisi, GEO
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
Georgian, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Georgian University: Georgia
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Gym Club Gladiator: Tbilisi, GEO
Name of coach
Zurab Tsikhishvili, GEO, from 2005
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Georgia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Busan, KOR
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother Zoia. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 1999. (ptpress.ge, 12 Sep 2011)
Other information
SANCTION
He received a three-year ban from competition after he tested positive for oxandrolone and stanozolol metabolites. The banned substances were found in a urine sample that he provided on 18 September 2014 following an out-of-competition test. His suspension began in October 2014 and ended in October 2017. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first Georgian athlete to ever participate at a Paralympic Games when he took part in Beijing 2008, where he was the only Georgian athlete. (ptpress.ge, 12 Sep 2011; ukingeorgia.fco.gov.uk, 08 Sep 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 90kg 140.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
19 2006 82.5kg 122.5
10 2014 97kg 180.0
12 2017 97kg 185.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 97kg 160
2 2018 107kg 197