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TALAI Aliaksei
Sport Para swimming
NPC Belarus   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthOrsha, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S1, SB1, SM1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Anastasia, sons Mark, Vladislav and Yaroslav, daughter Daria
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
History - Belarusian State University: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in at age seven in Orsha, Belarus. He began training in 2015.
Why this sport?
"Before the explosion, I had time to try out a lot of the sports clubs in Orsha. My favourites were swimming and kayaking, and I decided that I wanted to paddle. Then the explosion happened and those plans were destined not to come true. Swimming has become the most accessible sport for me. First I swam with a ring, then with support, and I was overjoyed when I managed to swim by myself."
Name of coach
Gennady Vishnyakov [national], BLR; Artur Talai [personal], BLR
General Interest
Nicknames
Immortal (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Hobbies
Charity work, helping children with an impairment. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the SB1 50m breaststroke at the 2019 World Series event in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Hero / Idol
Belarusian judoka Dzianis Kuntsevich, Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva, Russian martial artist Fedor Emelianenko, Belarusian Para swimmer Ihar Boki. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always carries a photograph of his daughter Daria. (belta.by, 01 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every day is a bonus, every day is an experiment! As long as you breathe you still have a chance to get even better." (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Awards and honours
He received the 2020 Belarusian Sports Olympus award from the president of Belarus. (belta.by, 12 Jan 2021)

He has received the title of Master of Sport in Belarus. (paradefsport.by, 27 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the world championships and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Impairment
In 1999 at age 16 he was walking in the forest near his home when he stepped on a World War II mine, which exploded and resulted in the loss of his legs, his right arm and part of his left arm. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021; mgazeta.com, 04 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 21 Jun 2019)
Other information
CHARITY
He is co-founder and director of the Talai Foundation, which aims to help people with impairments. (Facebook profile, 14 Feb 2021; belta.by, 12 Jan 2021)

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
He travels to different cities to give motivational lectures. "My trainings and lectures are popular. I tell how I withstood pain, how I fell into the mud, suffered mockery from seemingly the closest, most authoritative people for me. At my lectures I urge people, no matter what your position is, do not give up." (ee.sputniknews.ru, 22 Nov 2019)

AMBASSADOR
He served as an ambassador for the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus. (minsk2019.by, 23 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 100m Backstroke S1 4:01.23
13 2021 150m Individual Medley SM3 5:06.04
11 2021 200m Freestyle S2 6:06.97
7 2021 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:23.16
7 2021 50m Backstroke S1 1:55.58
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:26.09
Heats 2019 150m Individual Medley SM3 5:15.10
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 50m Backstroke S2 1:56.25
10 2018 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:38.59
5 2018 200m Freestyle S2 6:15.35
4 2018 150m Individual Medley SM3 5:16.29
3 2021 50m Breaststroke SB2 1:20.13
5 2021 100m Backstroke S1 3:45.98
6 2021 200m Freestyle S2 6:00.99
6 2021 50m Backstroke S1 2:00.74