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LESNYKH Alexey
Sport Para athletics
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthVoronezh, URS
Height1.83 m
Weight 96 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
F37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Voronezh, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
History, Translation/interpretation - Voronezh State University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2005 in Voronezh, Russia.
Why this sport?
He initially began running until the athletics coach Oleg Kostyuchenko invited him to the national championships and entered him in shot put, which he had never done before. He won a bronze medal in the event, and six months later he became Russian champion.
Club / Team
Voronezh Regional Centre of Sports Preparation: Russia
Name of coach
Oleg Kostyuchenko, from 2005; Mikhail Oganezov, RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Russia
Location
Netherlands
General Interest
Nicknames
Forester [because of his surname]. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Computer, books, communicating with friends, learning languages, music. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2012 European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Injuries
He once injured his left hand and took six months to recover. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Russia. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)

He carried the Paralympic torch as the relay made its way through Russia ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (VK profile, 17 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008 Shot Put F37-38 11.99
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 Shot Put F37/38 12.64
4 2015 Shot Put F37 14.04
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Shot Put F37 13.05