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GABIDULLINA Zulfiya
Sport Para swimming
NPC Kazakhstan   
GenderWomen
Age55
Place of BirthDzhambul, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Rufiya [1999]
Residence
Taraz, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para swimming in 1991, at age 26, in Taraz, Kazakhstan, and took up the sport more seriously in 2007.
Why this sport?
She switched from wheelchair racing to swimming. She took up the sport as a means of rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Zhambyl Regional Sports Club for People with Impairments: Taraz, KAZ
Name of coach
Sattar Beysembayev [personal], KAZ, from 2007
General Interest
Nicknames
Storm (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing toguz kumalak [a traditional Central Asian board game], needlework, knitting. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S3 100m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Sattar Beysembayev. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani boxer Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakhstani weightlifter Ilya Ilyin. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whoever leaves training last will be first to cross the finish line. 99% work, 1% success." (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named 2018 Best Female Athlete of the Year at the annual People's Favourite Awards in Kazakhstan. (paralympic.org, 25 Jan 2019)

In 2016 she received the Barys Order [second grade] in Kazakhstan. (akorda.kz, 13 Dec 2016)

She received the 2015 Sports Award from the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan in the Overcoming of the Year category. (dknews.kz, 19 Apr 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (kazsports.kz, 20 Dec 2017)
Milestones
She became the first Kazakhstani athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, when she claimed gold in the S3 100m freestyle at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Almir Mukhutdinov has represented the Kazakhstani national men's football team and played in the leagues of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021; the-steppe.com, 02 Oct 2019)
Impairment
In 1971, at age five, she was hit by a motorbike and sustained spinal cord injuries, a concussion and multiple fractures. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021; vlast.kz, 11 Nov 2015)
Other information
POLITICIAN
She has been a member of the political council of the Nur Otan party in Kazakhstan. (taraz.zhambyl.gov.kz, 10 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 50m Backstroke S4 1:10.12
1 2016 100m Freestyle S3 1:30.07
6 2016 50m Backstroke S3 1:00.68 
7 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:25.30 
Heats 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:19.01
4 2016 50m Freestyle S4 42.24 
15 2021 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:55.74
8 2021 50m Freestyle S4 48.12
15 2021 50m Backstroke S4 1:21.90
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 50m Freestyle S3 47.79
3 2013 50m Backstroke S3 1:11.53
3 2013 100m Freestyle S3 1:45.41
4 2013 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:47.45
3 2015 50m Freestyle S4 48.18
3 2015 100m Freestyle S3 1:46.11
Heats 2015 200m Freestyle S5 3:43.43
Heats 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:41.50
Heats 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:25.85
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S3 1:16.30
5 2017 50m Backstroke S3 1:13.96
2 2017 100m Freestyle S3 1:40.21
1 2017 50m Freestyle S3 42.87
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB4 3:38.76
6 2019 100m Freestyle S4 1:39.81
Heats 2019 200m Freestyle S5 3:46.78
7 2019 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:01.53
Heats 2019 150m Individual Medley SM4 4:00.39
Heats 2019 50m Backstroke S4 1:11.93
7 2019 50m Freestyle S4 44.92
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 50m Backstroke S3 1:11.03
1 2016 50m Freestyle S3 43.22 WR
6 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:24.96
1 2016 100m Freestyle S3 1:39.61
6 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:39.90
12 2021 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:40.29
6 2021 100m Freestyle S4 1:50.48
6 2021 150m Individual Medley SM4 4:01.86
  2021 50m Backstroke S4  DSQ
7 2021 50m Freestyle S4 49.01
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m Freestyle S5 1:47.92
1 2014 50m Freestyle S5 46.40
2 2018 50m Backstroke S4 1:17.72
1 2018 100m Freestyle S4 1:47.27
3 2018 200m Freestyle S5 3:29.37
2 2018 50m Freestyle S4 45.51