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GRITSENKO Vitalii
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age34
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Smolensk State Academy of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"When they told me about this sport, then showed me, I fired up right away. And when I began training and was good at it, I fell in love with it even more."
Club / Team
Vorobyovy Gory: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Sergey Shilov [personal], RUS; Alexei Vasyatkin [personal], RUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Football. (Athlete, 06 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 03 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Irina Gromova and Sergey Shilov. (Athlete, 23 Sep 2015)
Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug, French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (Athlete, 23 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport gives you strength, strength gives you confidence, confidence makes you successful." (Athlete, 12 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 02 Mar 2020)
Other sports
He represented the Russian Federation in Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing at the 2015 World Championships in Cable, WI, United States. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Oct 2019; Athlete, 23 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 03 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 2008 he was wounded during his military service. He sustained a spinal cord injury that resulted in leg paralysis. (kp.ru, 25 Feb 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 100m T53 16.75
5 2015 200m T53 28.19
7 2015 400m T53 54.04
Heats 2015 800m T53 1:51.25
4 2015 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:22.61
10 2019 400m T53 51.83
8 2019 800m T53 1:42.37
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 200m T53 26.72
1 2016 400m T53 49.01
2 2016 100m T53 15.93
1 2016 800m T53 1:40.56
2 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:08.72