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TOPKIN Matz
Sport Para swimming
NPC Estonia   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthTallinn, EST
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Estonian
Higher education
Health Promotion - Tallinn Health Care College: Estonia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first went swimming with his mother a few weeks after he was born. He began training in 2010.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to get involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Kalevi Ujumiskool: Tallinn, EST
Name of coach
Kaire Indrikson [personal], EST, from 2019
Training Regime
He trains between five and 14 times a week in the water.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Estonia
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching football, singing, playing video games. (sport.delfi.ee, 30 Sep 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Onne Pollisinski and Kaire Indrikson. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Estonian Para swimmer Kardo Ploomipuu. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He was troubled by a back problem at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete blog, 30 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2021 End of the Sports Year awards in Tallinn, Estonia. (Kalevi Ujumiskool Facebook page, 08 Dec 2021)

In 2019 he was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Estonian Paralympic Committee [EPK]. (Instagram profile, 13 Dec 2019)

Alongside fellow Para athlete Marja-Liisa Landar, he was named Athlete of the Year at the 2018 EV 100 Sports Stars of the Year gala in Estonia. (sport.err.ee, 27 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 04 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He was born with a form of dysmelia. He was diagnosed with aplasia of the right arm, and hypoplasia that affected his left arm and his right leg. (ekspress.delfi.ee, 11 Sep 2018; tallin.ee, 16 Feb 2016; merje.planet.ee, 01 Mar 2005)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he was elected as a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee [EOK] Athletes' Committee. "The goal is to represent the interests of Para sport, to keep it in the picture and to offer opportunities for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Estonian sport." (paralympic.ee, 29 May 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2021 50m Freestyle S4 43.91
6 2021 50m Backstroke S4 45.42
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 50m Butterfly S5 47.05
5 2017 50m Backstroke S5 44.14
8 2017 50m Freestyle S5 43.15
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S4 1:39.21
4 2019 50m Backstroke S4 44.57
8 2019 50m Freestyle S4 42.57
Heats 2022 50m Butterfly S5 46.33
4 2022 50m Backstroke S4 44.48
Heats 2022 50m Freestyle S4 45.12
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heat 2014 100m Freestyle S5 2:15.01
Heat 2014 50m Butterfly S5 1:00.03
Heat 2014 50m Backstroke S5 59.40
9 2016 50m Butterfly S5 46.28
9 2016 50m Backstroke S5 44.27
11 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:40.70
10 2016 50m Freestyle S5 46.00
8 2018 50m Freestyle S4 43.80
2 2018 50m Backstroke S4 45.46
9 2021 50m Butterfly S5 44.21
3 2021 50m Backstroke S4 45.74
9 2021 50m Freestyle S4 45.02