Elliot Mujaji

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Elliot Mujaji
Medal record
Athletics
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 100m
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 100m

Elliot Mujaji is a Zimbabwean athlete.

A member of Zimbabwe's national athletics team, he qualified to compete at the 1998 Commonwealth Games before suffering severe burns in an electrical accident while at work. His right arm was amputated, and he remained in a coma for two months.[1]

After recovering, he resumed training, and qualified to compete at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. He was the fastest runner in the heats of the 200 metres sprint, but was disqualified for having encroached on another lane. He won gold in the 100 metres sprint - Zimbabwe's first ever Paralympic gold medal.[1]

Mujaji competed again at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, and once again won gold in the 100 metres sprint. He will represent Zimbabwe for the third time at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, competing in the 100m and 200m sprints.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Poor support for Zimbabwe star", BBC, 7 June 2001
  2. ^ "Paralympic Games team in Beijing", Chronicle, September 1, 2008
  3. ^ "Mujaji to defend his Paralympic Games medal", The Zimbabwe Gazette, May 7, 2008