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YAREMENKO Illia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthKiev, UKR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kiev, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2005 at a sports club in Kiev, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He wanted to fight his fears as he always liked swimming and being in water.
Club / Team
Invasport: Kiev, UKR
Name of coach
Viktor Turchyn [personal], UKR, from 2016; Liudmyla Slivinska [personal], UKR
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Hobbies
Dogs, listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 01 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S12 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 18 Sep 2018)
Most influential person in career
His coaches. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He shaves his legs and his arms before competition, and prefers to be alone with his thoughts and listen to music. (24tv.ua, 15 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
He received the Order for Courage [third class] in Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (president.gov.ua, 06 Oct 2016)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He was born blind because of a birth trauma. (24tv.ua, 15 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:00.35 
3 2016 50m Freestyle S12 24.41 
11 2016 100m Freestyle S13 55.21 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S12  DNS
1 2019 50m Freestyle S12 23.53
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:04.35
5 2016 50m Freestyle S12 24.86
12 2016 100m Freestyle S13 56.03
1 2018 50m Freestyle S12 23.64
4 2018 100m Butterfly S12 58.95