Sam Ruddock

Sam has made a massive impact on Athletics since breaking onto the scene in 2012. He entered the sport through the British Athletics Paralympic Pathway for talented disabled athletes. A first class honours student and keen sportsman, Loughborough University was where his sprinting ability was first spotted, during a speed and agility session with the University’s American football team.

Sam’s first domestic medals came in the 100m and 200m at the England Athletics Championships and he later took 100m gold at the IPC Croatian Open and 200m silver. His incredible performances, in such a short time in the sport, both domestically and internationally, earned him selection for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. After just 6 months of training in track and field, his 9th place finish overall at the Games highlights just how hugely talented Sam is.

Following an impressive first year, Sam continued his success and development in 2013. His selection to compete at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France was the highlight of the season, where he narrowly missed out on the final.

In 2014, Sam transitioned to the field events to further his medal prospects at Rio 2016, his switch paying dividends with an impressive 5th place at the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

In 2015, at the Bedford International Games he threw 13.13m, a world lead in the event at the time. Later in the year at the Doha World Championships, only his second major final, he threw a new national record of 13.75m, placing him 5th in the world, his performance just 12cm away from the podium.

2016 started brilliantly for Sam, he was named co-captain of the European Championship Great Britain team. He led by example, throwing his second furthest throw of 13.65, earning him silver, a first international medal. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he placed 6th in the Men’s F35 Shot Put final.

2017 has so far seen Sam competing in the World Para Athletics Championships in London, where he came 7th in his Shot Put F35 class.

Sam is proud to be a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor, which involves him inspiring and motivating young people through sport and which has seen him appear a number of times on Sky Sport’s popular children’s programme, Game Changers.

 

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 Put F35

2015 – 5th – World Championships, Shot Put F35

2016 – Silver – European Championships, Shot Put F35

2016- 6th – Rio Paralympic Games 2016, Shot Put F35

2017 – 7th – World Para Athletic Championships Shot Put F35

 

Twitter: @samruddockT35

 

Nuff Respect

July 2017

 


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