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KHAMITOV Yerbol
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Kazakhstan   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthPetropavl, KAZ
Height1.71 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Petropavl, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Kazakh, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2018, at age 20, in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
He was involved in martial arts before he lost his leg. Following his amputation, the Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation sent him to the National Paralympic Committee of Kazakhstan, where he chose to take up Para cross-country skiing.
Club / Team
Umit Sports Club for the Impaired: Petropavl, KAZ
Name of coach
Aslan Tokbayev [club], KAZ; Vasily Kolomiyets [national], KAZ; Anton Zhdanovich [personal], KAZ, from 2019
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Kazakhstan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN
General Interest
Hobbies
Grappling, jiu-jitsu, riding horses. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2019 Amateur International Grappling Association Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His aunt Akbiday, MMA Federation of Kazakhstan president Anatoly Kim, mixed martial arts coach Sergey Veselov, and his relatives. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov, US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be strong. Or what are you living for?" (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Kazakhstan at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022; inform.kz, 28 Feb 2022)

He has received the title of Master of Sport in Para cross-country skiing, and the title of Candidate for Master of Sport in mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, and grappling in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2021)
Other sports
He has competed in mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, and grappling. He won a silver medal at the 2019 Amateur International Grappling Association Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (paralympic.kz, 30 Jun 2020; Athlete, 05 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold medals in Para cross-country skiing at the world championships and the Paralympic Winter Games, and to become world champion in grappling. (Athlete, 30 Dec 2021)
Impairment
In July 2017 he was involved in an argument on the street and received gunshot wounds. The injuries he sustained meant his left leg had to be amputated above the knee. (izdatelstvo-sk.kz, 30 Aug 2017; today.kz, 31 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:20.6
16 2022 10km Middle - Sitting 35:49.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2022 18km - Sitting 49:23.1
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 2:28.67
9 2022 10km - Sitting 34:45.5
5 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 30:00.4