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VERBOVA Marina
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthZaporozhye, UKR
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Zaporozhye, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age 12 in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
Her health prevented her from taking up other sports.
Club / Team
Zaporozhye Regional School of Supreme Sports Skill: Ukraine
Name of coach
Oleg Udalov [personal], UKR, from 2010
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Ukraine
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading books, painting, listening to music. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in S4 50m backstroke at the 2019 World Championships in London, England, and a bronze medal in S4 50m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Oleg Udalov, and her family. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Victory." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
For her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Princess Olga [third class] of Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:08.21
3 2016 50m Backstroke S4 52.28 
10 2016 50m Freestyle S4 50.56 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 50m Freestyle S4 53.53
6 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:23.47
8 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3  DSQ
4 2015 50m Backstroke S4 55.02
2 2019 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:00.85
1 2019 50m Backstroke S4 50.79
2 2019 50m Breaststroke SB3 59.42
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:55.81
8 2014 50m Freestyle S4 54.61
7 2014 200m Freestyle S4 4:12.18
7 2014 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:33.04
2 2014 50m Backstroke S4 55.47
4 2014 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:14.49
3 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:54.01
1 2016 50m Backstroke S4 53.76
5 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:15.58
4 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:21.60
5 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:55.30
3 2016 50m Freestyle S4 52.48
5 2018 50m Freestyle S4 55.57
3 2018 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:12.23
1 2018 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:08.12
9 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:56.24
2 2018 50m Backstroke S4 53.83