Zimbabwe at the Paralympics

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Zimbabwe at the
Paralympics
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
IPC code ZIM
NPC Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee
Medals
Gold
2
Silver
9
Bronze
6
Total
17
Summer appearances
Other related appearances
Southern Rhodesia Rhodesia (1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972)

Zimbabwe has been competing at the Paralympic Games since the country became independent in 1980; it had previously competed as Rhodesia. Zimbabwe was absent from the Games in 1988 and 1992, returning in 1996 with a two-man delegation, and has competed at every edition of the Summer Paralympics since then. It has never taken part in the Winter Paralympics.[1]

Zimbabweans have won a total of 2 gold medals, 9 silver, and 6 bronze. The country's most successful year, by far, was 1980, when Zimbabweans won 8 silver medals and 4 bronze - all but two won by Sandra James and Eileen Robertson, across events in several sports. Zimbabwe's first gold medal was won by Elliot Mujaji in 2000, in the 100m sprint (T46 category). Mujaji won Zimbabwe's second (and most recent) Paralympic gold medal in the same event four years later.[2] Zimbabwe have since failed to win any medals after 2004.

The Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee was only officially launched and registered in 2010. Prior to this, "the government provided financial aid during the Paralympic Games, [but] there was no co-ordinated mechanism to maintain athletes' momentum between the Games", and athletes "had to find their own sponsor, coach and manager who would finance the training, travelling and their participation at competitions".[3]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

[4]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1980 Arnhem 0 8 4 12 34
1984 Stoke Mandeville
New York
0 1 2 3 39
1988 Seoul did not participate
1992 Barcelona did not participate
1996 Atlanta 0 0 0 0 -
2000 Sydney 1 0 0 1 49
2004 Athens 1 0 0 1 56
2008 Beijing 0 0 0 0 -
2012 London 0 0 0 0 -
2016 Rio de Janeiro 0 0 0 0 -
Total 2 9 6 17

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Sandra James Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Athletics Women's club throw 1A
 Silver Sandra James Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Athletics Women's discus throw 1A
 Silver Mary Dube Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Athletics Women's javelin throw 3
 Silver Sandra James
Eileen Robertson
Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Lawn bowls Women's pairs 1A-1B
 Silver Sandra James Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Swimming Women's 25m breaststroke 1A
 Silver Eileen Robertson Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Swimming Women's 25m breaststroke 1B
 Silver Sandra James Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Table tennis Women's singles 1A
 Bronze Eileen Robertson Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Lawn bowls Women's singles 1A-1B
 Bronze Andrew James Scott Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Swimming Men's 50m backstroke 3
 Bronze Eileen Robertson Netherlands 1980 Arnhem Swimming Women's 25m backstroke 1B
 Silver Eddie van der Heiden United Kingdom United States 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York Lawn bowls Men's singles A2/4
 Bronze M. Ndlovu United Kingdom United States 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York Athletics Women's discus throw 5
 Bronze R. Mukuya United Kingdom United States 1984 Stoke Mandeville/New York Athletics Women's javelin throw 1B
 Gold Elliot Mujaji Australia 2000 Sydney Athletics Men's 100m T46
 Gold Elliot Mujaji Greece 2004 Athens Athletics Men's 100m T46

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimbabwe at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Zimbabwe at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ "About us: History", Zimbabwe National Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe Summer Paralympics". Retrieved 4 September 2012.