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KARACHURIN Azat
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthKalmashevo, RUS
Height1.81 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Residence
Ufa, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2008 in Belebey, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Coach Amir Gumerov recruited him during his sixth year at school and encouraged him to enter a sports school.
Club / Team
Bashkortostan Republican Adaptive Sports School of Paralympic Reserve: Ufa, RUS
Name of coach
Irina Gromova [national], RUS; Vladimir Malinsky [personal], RUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching boxing, mixed martial arts, biathlon, volleyball and tennis, composing music, reading books, playing table games, cycling, fishing. (Athlete, 13 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals [one gold, one bronze] in biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 13 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Amir Gumerov. (Athlete, 13 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko, Russian greco-roman wrestler Alexander Karelin, Russian biathletes Maxim Chudov and Olga Zaitseva, Russian Para cross-country skiers Irek Zaripov and Kirill Mikhaylov, Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, German biathlete Magdalena Neuner, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, German motor racing driver Michael Schumacher. (Athlete, 13 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 11 Mar 2014)

He received the Order of Friendship in Russian Federation, in recognition of his performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He won two medals [one gold, one bronze] in biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 13 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He was born without a left hand and has only two fingers on his right hand. (aif.ru, 19 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:52.4
1 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 33:31.4
4 2014 15km Individual - Standing 42:17.0
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:16.6
12 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 28:45.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 10:25.1
4 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 24:57.5
13 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 48:34.1
13 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Standing 27:39.1
9 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Standing 44:10.8
11 2012/2013 15km Individual - Standing 44:57.3
9 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 20:13.1
8 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 35:36.5
9 2014/2015 15km Individual - Standing 44:09.5
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010/2011 10km - Standing 25:41.9
  2010/2011 20km - Standing  DNS
16 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Standing  
  2012/2013 20km - Standing  DNS
  2012/2013 10km - Standing  DNS
14 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing