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SALEI Raman
Sport Para swimming
NPC Azerbaijan   
GenderMen
Age27
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Maladzyechna, BLR
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Belarusian State University of Physical Education: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven in Maladzyechna, Belarus.
Why this sport?
His parents were involved in athletics, so he would often go to the sports centre with them. He discovered swimming while he was there and found he enjoyed the sport.
Club / Team
Umid Sports Club: Azerbaijan
Name of coach
Allaverdi Julfayev [national], AZE; Fedor Kirillov [personal], AZE
General Interest
Nicknames
Roma (VK profile, 14 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S12 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
He has received the titles of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus and Master of Sport in Azerbaijan. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)

In 2018 he was named among the 10 Best Para Athletes of the Year in Azerbaijan. (trend.az, 28 Dec 2018)

In recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the Order for Service to the Fatherland [third grade] in Azerbaijan. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2019; president.az, 21 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
His older brother Dzmitry Salei competed in Para swimming for Belarus at the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012 and then represented Azerbaijan in the sport at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dzmitry has since returned to representing Belarus and competed at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (sportpanorama.by, 12 Sep 2019; Athlete, 15 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born with a vision impairment. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2015)
Other information
BROTHERLY BRONZE
At the 2019 World Championships in London, England, he and his older brother Dzmitry Salei, who represented Belarus, were both awarded bronze medals in the S12 50m freestyle after finishing with exactly the same time [24.32s]. (sportpanorama.by, 12 Sep 2019; paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2019)

NATIONALITY SWITCH
He represented Belarus earlier in his career, including at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, before switching to represent Azerbaijan. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Mar 2019; pressball.by, 03 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m Butterfly S13 58.11 
9 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:19.37 
7 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:19.34 
2 2016 100m Backstroke S12 1:00.91
4 2016 50m Freestyle S12 24.45 
9 2016 100m Freestyle S13 54.32 
1 2021 100m Backstroke S12 1:00.30
4 2021 50m Freestyle S13 23.85
1 2021 100m Freestyle S12 52.69
1 2021 100m Butterfly S12 57.81
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:09.70
6 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:15.39
Heats 2015 400m Freestyle S13  DNS
2 2015 50m Freestyle S12 24.39
5 2015 100m Freestyle S13 53.34
5 2015 100m Butterfly S13 58.33
2 2019 100m Backstroke S12 1:01.00
5 2019 100m Butterfly S12 58.70
3 2019 50m Freestyle S12 24.32
3 2019 100m Freestyle S12 52.99
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m Butterfly S13 57.98
3 2016 50m Freestyle S12 24.45
6 2016 100m Freestyle S13 54.05
6 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:18.24
3 2016 100m Backstroke S12 1:01.77
8 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:21.18
1 2021 100m Backstroke S12 1:01.57
2 2021 100m Butterfly S12 58.29
4 2021 50m Freestyle S12 24.47
1 2021 100m Freestyle S12 53.06