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SHCHALKANAU Yahor
Sport Para swimming
NPC Belarus   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthBrest, BLR
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Belarusian, English, Russian
Higher education
Sports Management - Belarusian State University of Physical Education: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2012 in Brest, Belarus.
Why this sport?
He went to a swimming pool for diving with his father and grandfather, and a swimming coach spotted him and suggested he should try the sport.
Club / Team
Republican Centre of Olympic Preparation in Paralympic and Deaflympic Sports: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Gennady Vishnyakov, BLR, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Belarus
Location
Moscow, RUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing billiards, computer games. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather and parents. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When we are united we cannot be defeated." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (athletes.by, 02 Dec 2020; paradefsport.by, 27 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His right leg is underdeveloped below the knee, so he wears an artificial limb. (zarya.by, 19 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 50m Freestyle S9 25.96
2 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:01.96
4 2021 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:18.40
7 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.38
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S9 58.09
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S9 1:04.74
8 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:24.02
5 2019 50m Freestyle S9 26.08
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 100m Butterfly S9 1:07.25
4 2021 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:19.67
3 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.19
5 2021 100m Freestyle S9 56.40
3 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:02.26
5 2021 50m Freestyle S9 26.13