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APINIS Aigars
Sport Para athletics
NPC Latvia   
GenderMen
Age49
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52
Further Personal Information
Residence
Birzgale, LAT
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
Latvian, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1998, specialising in shot put and discus.
Why this sport?
He was initially encouraged to get involved in sport by his mother. Later he met coach Aldis Supulnieks, who encouraged him to try athletics. Several years later he began training seriously.
Name of coach
Aldis Supulnieks, LAT
Training Regime
He trains three or four times per week. He includes swimming and weights sessions in his routine.
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Latvia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Smiling (Athlete, 14 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He and Para archer Ieva Melle were named as flag bearers for Latvia for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lsm.lv, 09 Aug 2021)

In 2012 the Latvian Government Organisation of Sport named him the Latvian Male Athlete of the Year for winning a gold and a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (sportacentrs.com, 28 Dec 2012)

In 2012 he was named the Best Paralympic Athlete of Riga in Latvia. (bjssridzene.lv, 19 Dec 2012)

In 2006 he was named the Athlete of the Year in Ogre, Latvia, and was awarded the Latvian Paralympic Committee's Sport Laureate. (aigarsapinis.lv, 17 Sep 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (apollo.lv, 29 Oct 2020)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a diving accident in 1992. (kasjauns.lv, 02 Jan 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as vice president of the Latvian Paralympic Committee and as president of the Latvian Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities. (Facebook profile, 03 Feb 2021; apollo.lv, 29 Oct 2020; sportamuzejs.lv, 01 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 Discus Throw F52 15.12
  2000 Discus Throw F53  DNS
3 2000 Shot Put F52 7.15
4 2004 Shot Put F52 8.21 
1 2004 Discus Throw F52 18.98 
1 2008 Discus Throw F33/34/52 20.47
2 2008 Shot Put F33/34/52 10.02
1 2012 Shot Put F52/53 10.23
2 2012 Discus Throw F51/52/53 21.00
1 2016 Discus Throw F52 20.83
3 2021 Discus Throw F52 19.54
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2002 Shot Put F52 7.38
1 2002 Discus Throw F52 15.80
3 2006 Shot Put F52 8.69
1 2006 Discus Throw F52 19.44
1 2011 Shot Put F52/53 10.03
1 2011 Discus Throw F51-53 20.88
3 2013 Discus Throw F51/52/53 21.06
1 2013 Shot Put F52/53 10.23
1 2015 Discus Throw F52 21.44
2 2017 Discus Throw F52 21.95
1 2019 Discus Throw F52 21.05
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Discus Throw F52 19.68
2 2018 Discus Throw F52 19.71