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BOIKO Hennadii
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age46
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Higher education
Coaching - Black Sea State University: Mykolayiv, UKR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He swam as a child and began Para swimming in 2010 in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
"I did not want to stay sitting at home, I tried to live actively." He trained in fencing and basketball, but once he tried swimming, he decided to stay with it.
Club / Team
Invasport: Mykolayiv, UKR
Name of coach
Mykola Ilin, UKR; Tatiana Ilina, UKR
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never listen to anyone. Inhale, exhale, and always go forward." (pravda.com.ua, 18 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He holds the title Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (paralympic.org.ua, 31 Aug 2016)

He won the Strength of Spirit award at the 2016 Sports Awards event of the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine. (news.pn, 27 Dec 2016)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of an accident in 1999, in which he fell on the street, fracturing his neck and dislocating a femur. (novosti-n.mk.ua, 27 Sep 2012; pravda.com.ua, 18 Sep 2016)
Other information
TOUGH TIMES
After the accident that resulted in his impairment, he could not afford surgery, so he sold his apartment and lived in a tent, untreated, for 10 years. In 2009 enough funds were available for him to have an operation on his right hip. (pravda,com.ua, 18 Sep 2016; niklife.com.ua, 26 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 50m Backstroke S1 1:04.29
1 2016 100m Backstroke S1 2:08.01 WR
1 2016 50m Backstroke S1 1:00.85
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 50m Backstroke S1 1:13.05
2 2013 100m Freestyle S1 2:35.13
1 2015 100m Backstroke S1 2:29.82
1 2015 50m Backstroke S1 1:07.55
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S1 2:24.59
1 2014 50m Freestyle S1 1:09.84
6 2014 200m Freestyle S2 5:24.38
6 2014 100m Backstroke S2 2:28.27
1 2014 50m Backstroke S1 1:07.24
1 2016 200m Freestyle S1 5:04.11
1 2016 100m Backstroke S1 2:23.75 WR
1 2016 50m Backstroke S1 1:06.92