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KOL Anton
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
Place of BirthNikopol', URS
Height1.57 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Olena
Dnipro, UKR
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 12 in Dnipro, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was among a group of students from a boarding school who were taken to a pool, but the coaches did not think he had talent. He was determined to learn to swim, so he accompanied friends when they went swimming in the river and lake. He usually stayed on the edge of the water, but one time his friends pushed him into the water from a catamaran. "I stayed afloat. I wanted to live. That's why I stayed afloat."
Club / Team
Invasport: Dnipro, UKR
Name of coach
Gennady Vdovychenko [personal], UKR, from 2002
Training Regime
He trains six times a week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Montreal, QC, CAN
General Interest
Travel. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in S1 50m backstroke at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, and bronze medals in S1 50m backstroke and S1 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gennady Vdovychenko, and Ukrainian Paralympic Committee president Valery Sushkevych. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 26 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Water relieves stress from me. It really brings me pleasure. I forget about all of my problems when I am in the pool." (, 29 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
In recognition of his performance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, he received the Order for Courage [second class] in Ukraine. (, 16 Sep 2021)

He received the Order for Courage [third class] in Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 04 Oct 2016)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 30 Dec 2021; Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2021)
He was born with arthrogryposis, a condition characterised by malformation of the limbs and underdevelopment of the joints and muscles. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m Backstroke S1 2:27.45
3 2016 50m Backstroke S1 1:15.42
2 2021 100m Backstroke S1 2:28.29
2 2021 50m Backstroke S1 1:13.78
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 50m Backstroke S1 1:22.03
3 2013 100m Freestyle S1 2:43.16
2 2015 100m Backstroke S1 2:36.11
2 2015 50m Backstroke S1 1:17.23
8 2019 100m Backstroke S2 2:31.39
8 2019 50m Backstroke S2 1:12.55
1 2022 100m Backstroke S1 2:30.90
1 2022 50m Backstroke S1 1:14.37
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m Freestyle S1 2:41.96
3 2014 50m Freestyle S1 1:18.76
7 2014 200m Freestyle S2 5:35.88
7 2014 100m Backstroke S2 2:41.19
2 2014 50m Backstroke S1 1:16.87
3 2016 200m Freestyle S1 5:07.90
3 2016 100m Backstroke S1 2:31.05
3 2016 50m Backstroke S1 1:13.19
4 2018 50m Backstroke S2 1:11.90
3 2018 100m Backstroke S2 2:27.51
2 2021 100m Backstroke S1 2:32.71
3 2021 50m Backstroke S1 1:15.10