Sam Ruddock

Sam has made a massive impact on Athletics since breaking onto the scene in 2012. He entered the sport after being selected for the British Athletics’ Parallel Success Programme on the Paralympic Pathway for talented disabled athletes. His sprinting ability was noted at an ‘Aces’ American Football Team speed and agility session at Loughborough University. Sam’s ability was quickly highlighted as he shot to 1st on the UK T35 200m all-time list shortly after the move.


In his first international Sam took gold at the IPC Croatian Open in the 100m and a silver medal in the 200m. Later Sam took his first domestic medals in the ambient 100m and 200m at the England Athletics Championships, adding a bronze medal at the Birmingham Games in July. Sam’s immense talent and incredible performances both domestically and internationally earned him selection at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. Sam was chosen for both the 100m and 200m after just 6 months training, in only his first competitive season, and finished 9th overall. This highlights just how hugely talented Sam is.


Following an impressive first year in the sport Sam continued his success and development in 2013. Sam took his first England Athletics Senior Disability title in the 100m, an improvement on his previous performance in 2012 where he finished 2nd. He was then picked to take part at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France where he narrowly missed out on the Final.


Sam started 2014 with a Personal Best in the 60m indoors and took these performances into the outdoor Season. During the 2014 athletics season, Sam made the transition to the field events to further his medal prospects at the 2016 Summer Paralympics and was selected to represent Great Britain in the F35 shot putt for the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea where he finished an impressive 5th.






In 2015, Sam competed at the Bedford International Games and threw 13.13m, a new PB and a world lead in the shot putt. The aim going out to Doha for the IPC World Championships was to better his PB and place a respectable position at only his second major Shot Putt competition. He did this comfortably, smashing his PB by throwing 13.75m to place fifth in the world, throwing only 12cm off Bronze position.


2016 started brilliantly for Sam, winning Silver at the European Championships in Grosseto. He was named co-captain for the event and led by example throwing his second furthest throw, 13.65m, to place second. Sam then headed out to Rio for the Paralympic Games where he placed 6th in the F35 Shot Put final.


Not only talented in Athletics, Sam used to play rugby and basketball and also played outside line backer for the Loughborough University American Football team ‘Aces’.


Sam is proud to be a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor, which involves him inspiring and motivating young people through Sport.




Domestic Championships Record
2012 – England Championships 100m and 200m silver.

2013 – England Athletics Senior Disability Championship 100m gold and 200m 4th place.

Major Championships and International Records
2012 – London Paralympic Games 100m and 200m 9th place

2013 – International German Championships (IPC Grand Prix) 100m silver. IPC Athletics World Championships 100m 5th h2 and 200m 4th h2.

2014 – 5th European Championships Shot Putt F35

2015 – 5th World Championships Shot Putt F35

2016 – Silver European Championships Shot Putt F35

2016- 6th Paralympic Games Shot Put F35




Twitter: @samruddockT35


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September  2016

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