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ISRAFILOV Vali
Sport Para swimming
NPC Azerbaijan   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthTyumen, RUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Baku, AZE
Occupation
Student
Languages
Azerbaijani, English, Russian
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University: Baku, AZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in 2008 at age six in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Why this sport?
He began swimming after a doctor's recommendation.
Club / Team
Sarhadci Swimming Club: Baku, AZE
Name of coach
Rashad Aliyev [personal], AZE
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with friends, reading books. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rashad Aliyev and his father. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the title of Master of Sport in Azerbaijan. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2021)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied swimming internationally for Azerbaijan. (Athlete's coach, 04 Mar 2020; trend.az, 12 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2021 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:04.86 
10 2021 100m Butterfly S12 1:10.59
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S12 1:08.74
3 2019 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:06.01 Q
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 100m Butterfly S12 1:12.09 
1 2021 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:04.80