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    Ihar Boki

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    Belarus Belarus Para swimming 28 June 1994

    Belarus

    Male swimmer in water competing in butterfly stroke

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Vision impairment
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification S13, SB13, SM13
    Further Personal Information
    Family Wife Marina Nazarchuk
    Residence Minsk, BLR
    Languages Russian
    Higher education Law - Belarusian State University: Minsk, BLR
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming in 2000 at age six.
    Why this sport? His mother enrolled him in the sport. He did not like training but became enthusiastic after taking part in his first competition.
    Name of coach Gennady Vishnyakov, BLR
    International Debut
    Year 2010
    Competing for Belarus
    General Interest
    Nicknames The Beast (paralympic.org, 07 Apr 2016)
    Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
    Most influential person in career His father. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "To achieve the result, you should believe in yourself." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
    Awards and honours He was nominated for the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award at the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards. (laureus.com, 21 Oct 2017)

    For his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the Order of Fatherland [third degree] in Belarus. (bobruisk.by, 20 Aug 2018)

    In 2013 he became an Honorary Citizen of his native city Babruysk in Belarus. (bobruisk.by, 20 Aug 2018)

    In 2011 he received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (paradefsport.by, 27 Dec 2019; bobruisk.by, 20 Aug 2018)
    Milestones At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he took his career tally to 13 Paralympic medals, making him the most decorated Belarusian Para athlete from any sport, winter or summer, in terms of total Paralympic medals won. The six gold medals he won at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro was the most gold medals won by any athlete across all sports at the 2016 Games, and made him the most decorated Belarusian Para athlete in terms of career Paralympic gold medals, with 11 in total. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Jul 2019)
    Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2019)

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