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BOTURCHUK Oxana
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ukraine   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthNikopol', URS
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Sergiy Balaban, daughter Sofia [2009], son Mikhail [2017]
Residence
Dnipro, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Psychology - Dnipro National University: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age nine in Nikopol, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
Her mother was involved in the sport and introduced her to a coach.
Club / Team
Invasport: Dnipro, UKR
Name of coach
Kostyantyn Rurak [personal], UKR, from 2010; Olena Rurak [personal], UKR
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Hobbies
Her family and children, psychology. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Sergiy Balaban, and coach Kostyantyn Rurak. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In recognition of her achievements at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016, she was decorated with the Ukrainian Order for Merits. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016; zakon.rada.gov.ua, 17 Sep 2012, 07 Oct 2008)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 31 Dec 2020; Athlete, 14 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
Her husband Sergiy Balaban is a Ukrainian Master of Sport in judo an sambo. Her mother was a Candidate for Master of Sport in athletics. (newreporter.info, 02 Jan 2013; gorod.dp.ua, 17 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2020)
Impairment
Her impairment is the result of a car accident in 1997. (newreporter.info, 02 Jan 2013)
Other information
FILM
In 2020 a movie called 'Pulse' that was based on her biography was released. "The movie's slogan is 'Live. Dream. Come on.' And this film is about the fact that there is always a positive side in everything. I just told my story." (hromadske.ua, 04 Feb 2020; gorod.dp.ua, 01 Apr 2019)

OCCUPATION
She has worked as a physical education teacher at the Chair of Physical Education at the Faculty of Law at the Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2020; dduvs.in.ua, 14 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 100m T12 12.38
2 2008 400m T12 55.88
8 2008 Long Jump F12 5.28
2 2008 200m T12 25.03
3 2012 100m T12 12.18
2 2012 400m T12 55.69
4 2012 200m T12 24.92
Round 1 2016 100m T12  DSQ
2 2016 200m T12 23.65
2 2016 400m T12 53.14
2 2021 400m T12 55.33
2 2021 100m T12 12.03
2 2021 200m T12 24.48
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 100m T12 12.40
1 2006 200m T12 25.77
  2006 400m T12  DSQ
2 2011 400m T12 56.84
1 2013 200m T12 24.98
3 2013 100m T12 12.30
2 2015 400m T12 54.92
2 2015 200m T12 23.98
3 2015 100m T12 11.96
2 2019 400m T12 56.02
5 2019 100m T12 12.27
3 2019 200m T12 24.44
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m T12 12.16
1 2014 200m T12 24.72
1 2014 400m T12 55.04
  2018 100m T12  DSQ
1 2018 200m T12 25.23
1 2018 400m T12 56.33