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MERESHKO Yelyzaveta
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthKherson, UKR
Height1.56 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kherson, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Computer Engineering - Kherson National Technical University: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2003 at the Youth Sports School No.6 in Kherson, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
"My mother took me swimming so that I could improve my health. The swimming pool was not far from my house and it was very convenient for us to visit. Then I was invited to take part in children's tournaments, where I become infected with the desire to compete."
Club / Team
Kherson Youth Sports School No.6: Ukraine
Name of coach
Ella Benedyk [personal], UKR, from 2004
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Liza (xsport.ua, 07 Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Needlework, knitting. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The recipe for success is 5% talent and 95% hard work." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named among the six best Ukrainian athletes of 2018 at the Sports Constellation annual award ceremony held by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine. (isport.ua, 21 Dec 2018)

She received the Order for Merits [third grade] in Ukraine in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

She was named the 2016 Female Para Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 30 Dec 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Impairment
She has a malformation of the spinal cord. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m Backstroke S6 1:28.99
1 2016 50m Freestyle S6 33.43 
3 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  
1 2016 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:41.63 
1 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:17.01 
8 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 DSQ
1 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:11.40 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 400m Freestyle S6 5:21.76
2 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:35.88
1 2015 50m Freestyle S6 34.14
2 2015 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:06.08
4 2015 100m Backstroke S6 1:27.92
1 2015 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.21
2 2019 400m Freestyle S6 5:17.49
1 2019 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:41.32
2 2019 100m Freestyle S6 1:11.85
3 2019 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.20
2 2019 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:00.83
5 2019 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.69
4 2019 100m Backstroke S6 1:26.01
1 2019 50m Freestyle S6 32.94
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 400m Freestyle S6 5:35.08
1 2014 50m Freestyle S6 35.19
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:09.00
1 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:53.45
1 2014 100m Freestyle S6 1:13.80
1 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:02.12
3 2016 100m Backstroke S6 1:29.34
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:03.73
1 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.38
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:40.16
2 2016 50m Freestyle S6 33.43
1 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.26
1 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:14.69 WR
1 2018 50m Freestyle S6 32.78
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:41.24
2 2018 100m Backstroke S6 1:25.30
1 2018 400m Freestyle S6 5:19.64
2 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.19
1 2018 100m Freestyle S6 1:11.51