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KANAFIN Kairat
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Kazakhstan   
GenderMen
Age46
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Anton Zhdanovich
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Albina
Residence
Petropavl, KAZ
Languages
Kazakh, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 32 in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
In 2007 he heard about Para sport while watching television, and decided to join the regional society for people with a vision impairment. "My soul is disposed to this sport."
Club / Team
Umit Sports Club for the Impaired: Petropavl, KAZ
Name of coach
Aslan Tokbayev [club], KAZ; Vasily Kolomiyets [national], KAZ
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Kazakhstan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Finland
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with family, listening to music. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ivan Drobyazko. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani road cyclist Alexandr Vinokurov. (kazsport.kaztrk.kz, 01 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe in your dream and walk your way towards it, it will inevitably come true." (kazsport.kaztrk.kz, 01 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Kazakhstan at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (inform.kz, 09 Mar 2018)

He has received the title of Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. He has also competed in Para cycling, and won a bronze medal in the time trial at the 2021 Road National Championships in Petropavl, Kazakhstan. (olympic.kz, 15 Jun 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
Impairment
His vision impairment is the result of an injury he sustained at work in 1997. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; time.kz, 06 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
17 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 29:52.1
17 2018 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 27:07.8
14 2018 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 56:32.4
14 2018 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 52:45.8
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 4:36.37
10 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 32:48.8
17 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 31:12.8
11 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 56:30.4
Qualification 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:21.77
12 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:41.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 47:56.2
15 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 26:20.5
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
16 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
17 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 27:19.4