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VANZENKO Dmytro
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthDonetsk, UKR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dnipro, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching - Dnipro State Academy of Physical Education and Sports: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Club / Team
Dnipro School of Supreme Sports Skill: Ukraine
Name of coach
Oganes Mkrtchan [personal], from 2016; Gennady Vdovychenko [national], UKR
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Dima (VK profile, 09 Mar 2020)
Hobbies
Painting, music. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SM10 200m individual medley at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Oganes Mkrtchan. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Only victory." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
For his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the Order for Courage [third class] of Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

He was named among the Best Para Athletes of the Year in 2016 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. (mrpl.city, 28 Dec 2016)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2020)
Impairment
At age 11, while returning from a swimming competition, he was hit by a car while walking across the street in Donetsk, Ukraine, and suffered a severe leg injury. He immediately underwent two emergency surgeries, followed by surgery a week later, to save his leg. (pravda.com.ua, 25 Oct 2016)
Other information
DISTRACTIONS
He endured distractions and interruptions to his training in the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015 he moved from Donetsk to Dnipro after a dispute with his coach, followed by a six-month break and then a four-month break. Six months prior to the 2016 Games, he resumed a regular training schedule. "As a rule, everything remains behind the scenes in big sports. Everyone sees only the result, the medals, the podium, but problems, not only for me, have always been there and always will be." (pravda.com.ua, 25 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:08.80
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:10.48 
6 2016 100m Freestyle S10 54.03 
5 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:10.19
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:14.00
Heats 2015 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:12.67
4 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:56.41
3 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:18.25
3 2015 400m Freestyle S10 4:13.03
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S10 26.41
7 2019 400m Freestyle S10 4:19.81
8 2019 100m Freestyle S10 55.79
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S10 1:00.22
6 2019 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:21.52
2 2019 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:48.83
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 400m Freestyle S10 4:24.50
3 2014 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.94
2 2014 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:00.20
5 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:21.31
7 2016 100m Freestyle S10 55.79
4 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:57.41
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.80
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:11.90
2 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:19.15
3 2018 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:11.03
5 2018 400m Freestyle S10 4:26.20
8 2018 200m Individual Medley SM10  DSQ
7 2018 100m Freestyle S10 56.64