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POTEKHINA Irina
Sport Para athletics
NPC RPC   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthKulebaki, RUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Nizhny Novgorod, RUS
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 16 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She used to play football as a goalkeeper. Her quick reactions and jumping ability eventually took her to athletics.
Club / Team
Nizhegorodets Sports School: Nizhny Novgorod, RUS
Name of coach
Valentina Sukhanova [personal], RUS; Evgeny Sukhanov [personal], RUS
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in 4x200m relay and long jump at the 2019 INAS European Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Russian footballer Vyacheslav Malafeev, Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic, Russian long jumper Darya Klishina. (Athlete, 23 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is such a chance to take a worthy place in life. But for this you need to work, work and work again." (pravda-nn.ru, 12 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 20 Feb 2020; pravda-nn.ru, 12 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 Long Jump T20 4.99
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 Long Jump T20 5.33
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2021 Long Jump T20 2.54