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ABDIKARIMOVA Akzhana
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC NPA   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthKaraganda, URS
Height1.50 m
Weight 42 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10.5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian, Spanish
Higher education
Politics, Public Relations - Russian State University for the Humanities: Moscow, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para biathlon in 2010 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"In 2010 I watched Vancouver Paralympics and thought it would be great to try myself in Para sports. Those were just superficial thoughts as I didn't do sport at all and had an idle way of life. I had a lot of friends, a boyfriend, and lived a normal life of a normal teenager. But then once I was sitting in a cafe, and a young man came up to me and asked me if I wanted to do sports. He was from the national team and later introduced me to [national Para skiing coach] Irina Gromova."
Club / Team
Vorobyovy Gory [RUS] / Rezept Sport [RUS]: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Irina Gromova, RUS, from 2010; Dmitry Gromov, RUS; Andrey Gladyshev, RUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking, driving cars, reading, listening to music, studying foreign languages, painting. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three silver medals in Para athletics at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Irina Gromova. (rsport.ria.ru, 10 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Russian Para athlete Sergey Shilov. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Our role [as para-athletes] is not just to come, race, win and leave. People in our country must change their general attitude towards the disabled. They see us on tracks and see what we do, and what athletes from other teams do. All this changes their attitude." (1tv.ru, 18 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other sports
She competed in Para cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and in Para athletics at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Impairment
At age six months she had unsuccessful back surgery which resulted in her impairment. (rezeptsport.ru, 03 Oct 2012)
Other information
KAZAKHSTAN TO RUSSIA
Born in Kazakhstan, she moved to Moscow, Russian Federation, at age two for medical treatment after surgery. Her parents were studying in Moscow, and after her father found a job, the whole family moved there. (rsport.ria.ru, 12 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 200m T53 32.80
7 2015 100m T53 18.42
10 2015 400m T53 1:05.68
Heats 2015 800m T53 2:02.26
2 2015 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:58.47
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 26:35.0
5 2014 10km Middle - Sitting 39:06.0
5 2014 12.5km Individual - Sitting 48:01.3
11 2018 6km Sprint - Sitting 28:34.1
10 2018 10km Middle - Sitting 58:25.1
10 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 1:02:50.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
14 2014 12km - Sitting 48:47.1 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:06.85
18 2014 5km - Sitting 21:42.4
16 2018 12km - Sitting 51:36.4
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:25.23
22 2018 5km - Sitting 26:32.0
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Sitting 24:51.8
10 2014/2015 10km Middle - Sitting 43:39.4
8 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Sitting 53:09.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014/2015 12km - Sitting 44:52.2
12 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
12 2014/2015 5km - Sitting 17:42.9
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 200m T54 33.22
  2016 5000m T54  DSQ
2 2016 400m T53 57.66
4 2016 800m T54 1:57.40
2 2016 100m T53 19.06
2 2016 1500m T54 3:35.91