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SILCHANKA Siarhei
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Rowing
NPC Belarus   
GenderMen
Age49
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mogilev, BLR
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Belarusian, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para skiing and Para biathlon in 2001 in Mahilyow, Belarus.
Why this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics in 1988. However, after his classification for the marathon was excluded from the Paralympic Games programme, he switched to Para skiing.
Club / Team
Mahilyow Regional Complex Centre of Olympic Reserve [BLR] / Dynamo Mahilyow [BLR]:
Name of coach
Nikolay Shablovsky [personal], BLR, from 2011
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day.
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Belarus
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, going to the cinema. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals [one silver, two bronze] in athletics at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His first biathlon coach Anatoly Perepechkin. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He got tonsillitis shortly before the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and did not compete at the event. (sb.by, 01 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe in yourself, you are not afraid of difficulties but you seek ways to overcome them. Problems temper character which is indispensable in sports." (chausynews.by, 05 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He won three medals [one silver, two bronze] in athletics at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, and also participated in Para rowing at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018; Athlete, 20 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He was born with his impairment. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
Final C 2015 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:45.31
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:43.0
6 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 38:30.2
18 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
5 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 39:02.1
14 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 22:01.4
11 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 34:08.7
12 2014 15km Individual - Standing 40:52.3
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2002 5km Classic Style LW5-9 14:34.9
5 2002 10km Freestyle LW5-9 26:59.2
5 2002 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:02:32.9
  2006 10km - Standing  DNF
2 2006 5km - Standing 13:04.5
10 2006 20km - Standing 1:08:35.0
4 2010 20km Freestyle - Standing 56:33.4
  2010 10km Classic Style - Standing  DNF
4 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 41:20.1
23 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
16 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:15.59
8 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:27.9
15 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 26:37.7
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
10 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Standing 46:53.2
8 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:33.8
5 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:16.5
12 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
5 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 44:40.3
10 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 12:57.6
14 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 24:26.7
9 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:41.8
12 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Standing 24:52.8
14 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Standing 41:07.3
13 2012/2013 15km Individual - Standing 43:32.2
10 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 37:56.3
10 2016/2017 15km Individual - Standing 55:29.3
6 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 20:56.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002/2003 5km - Standing 15:17.7
3 2002/2003 10km - Standing 32:34.1
2 2002/2003 20km - Standing 1:05:48.5
8 2004/2005 10km - Standing 31:08.2
8 2004/2005 5km - Standing 14:40.8
2 2004/2005 20km - Standing 57:54.0
9 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 28:49.0
10 2010/2011 10km - Standing 27:17.0
  2010/2011 20km - Standing  DNF
4 2010/2011 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 45:56.8
12 2012/2013 20km - Standing 1:00:15.1
14 2012/2013 10km - Standing 31:37.8
5 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:51.7
10 2016/2017 20km - Standing 1:06:40.5
11 2016/2017 10km - Standing 24:58.4