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AREFIEV Artem
Sport Para athletics
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthNizhny Tagil, URS
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Yulia, son Daniil [2013]
Residence
Yekaterinburg, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Information Technology, Physics - Ural State Pedagogical University: Yekaterinburg, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 12 in Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
His teachers were worried that he sat alone in class and encouraged him to take up a sport in order to better socialise.
Club / Team
Rodnik Centre of Paralympic and Deaflympic Preparation: Yekaterinburg, RUS
Name of coach
Boris Dvornikov [personal], RUS, from 1996
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Collecting badges, listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 27 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
His performance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 27 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Boris Dvornikov. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
He carried the Paralympic torch in Yekaterinburg as the relay made its way through the Russian Federation ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ekburg.ru, 21 Feb 2014)

He was Russia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (nashural.ru, 20 Mar 2014)

He was named as one of Russia's 10 Best Sportsmen of 2004 by the country's Federation of Sports Journalists. (kommersant.ru, 21 Dec 2004)

In recognition of his achievements at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, he received the Order of Friendship, the Order of Honour and the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second grade] in the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 01 Oct 2009, 10 Sep 2012; rg.ru, 18 Aug 2006)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 30 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His wife Yulia Arefieva competed in Para athletics and received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. After retirement, she has worked as a coach in Para athletics. (Athlete, 27 Apr 2020; rezeptsport.ru, 21 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 400m T36 55.28 
1 2004 1500m T36 4:37.75 
2 2008 400m T36 55.59
1 2008 800m T36 2:08.83
6 2012 400m T36 59.70
2 2012 800m T36 2:06.13
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 400m T36 56.45
1 2006 1500m T36 4:39.03
6 2006 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 49.23
4 2006 4 x 400m Relay T35-38 3:51.94
1 2011 1500m T36 4:40.17
1 2011 800m T36 2:11.42
4 2011 400m T36 59.02
2 2013 800m T36 2:08.04
1 2013 1500m T36 4:32.89
7 2015 400m T36 58.06
2 2015 800m T36 2:07.13
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 400m T36 1:02.65
1 2014 800m T36 2:11.74
3 2016 400m T36 57.62
2 2016 800m T36 2:08.71