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PETRENKO Denis
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Kazakhstan   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthShchuchinsk, URS
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Shchuchinsk, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cross-country skiing in 2013 in Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
He practised skiing in his youth, and decided to pursue the sport again after he acquired his impairment. He was also inspired by the victories of Kazakhstani cross-country skier, Vladimir Smirnov.
Club / Team
Mergen Sports Club for the Impaired: Kokshetau, KAZ
Name of coach
Vasily Kolomiyets [national, personal], KAZ, from 2013; Evgeny Rybentsov [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Kazakhstan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Sochi, RUS
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing sixth in the open 4x2.5km relay at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Vasily Kolomiyets. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani cross-country skier Vladimir Smirnov. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"He who does not work does not win." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kazakhstan. (44030.kz, 05 Feb 2022; Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Impairment
In 2008 he was attacked and suffered a knife wound in his back, resulting in a spinal cord injury and loss of the use of his legs. After several years of rehabilitation he regained some sensation in his legs. (vesti.kz, 26 Feb 2014; megapolis.kz, 24 Feb 2014)
Other information
REPRIMAND
He returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance acetazolamide in December 2013. The finding was the result of a prescribed medication that he took under the supervision of a physician. In February 2014 he was reprimanded by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] for failing to gain a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE] to use the medication. (paralympic.org, 27 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2018 15km - Sitting 47:49.1
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:27.81
13 2018 7.5km - Sitting 26:35.4
6 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:21.2
25 2022 18km - Sitting 1:03:47.1
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 3:07.0
26 2022 10km - Sitting 44:02.6
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:21.4
8 2016/2017 15km - Sitting 43:37.2
11 2016/2017 10km - Sitting 21:30.3
12 2018/2019 10km - Sitting 27:16.7
12 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
7 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:50.9
9 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 57:07.5