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STOYANOV Hristiyan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthGabrovo, BUL
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46, F46
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Elena
Residence
Gabrovo, BUL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Bulgarian, English, Russian
Higher education
Journalism, Public Relations - Sofia University: Bulgaria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2010 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
Why this sport?
He met an athletics coach at an inter-school competition, who offered to train him. He initially competed in able-bodied athletics competitions before focusing on Para athletics with the aim of competing at the Paralympic Games. "It can be said that athletics chose me. From a young age I watched such competitions on television, which attracted me a lot and gradually I liked the sport, so I started doing it."
Club / Team
Dunav Ruse: Bulgaria
Name of coach
Evgeni Ignatov [personal], BUL, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Bulgaria
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Hrisz (Instagram profile, 28 Mar 2021; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Photography, mountain biking, snowboarding. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T46 1500m at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Evgeni Ignatov. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everybody wants to win, but not everybody is a champion." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the 2019 Para Athlete of the Year Award at the Athlete of Bulgaria Awards in Sofia. He also received the Sports Icarus Award from the Bulgarian Sports Foundation in 2019. (dariknews.bg, 20 Dec 2019; b1b.tv, 19 Dec 2019; kz7.bg, 15 Dec 2019)

He was named the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Athlete of the Year in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. (gabrovonews.bg, 22 Dec 2018, 21 Dec 2017, 22 Dec 2016)
Milestones
He became the first Bulgarian Para athlete to win a medal in the 1500m [any classification] at the world championships when he won bronze in the T46 event at the 2017 edition in London, England. Two years later he became the first Bulgarian Para athlete to win two career world championship medals over the same distance when he claimed gold at the 2019 edition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021)
Ambitions
To set a new national record in the 1500m, and to win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (btvnovinite.bg, 20 Feb 2020; duma.bg, 07 Feb 2020; btv.bg, 28 Nov 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He has an impairment to his right arm. (sport-gabrovo.com, 01 Jun 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 1500m T46 4:08.99
2 2021 1500m T46 3:52.63
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 1500m T46 3:58.94
5 2017 400m T47 52.76
1 2019 1500m T46 3:50.87
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 1500m T46 4:03.63
1 2018 1500m T46 4:08.38
2 2021 1500m T46 3:52.33