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SEMJONOVS Jurijs
Sport Para swimming
NPC Latvia   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthDaugavpils, LAT
Height1.92 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Elizabete Semjonova
Residence
Daugavpils, LAT
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, Latvian, Russian
Higher education
Teaching - University of Daugavpils: Latvia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000 in Daugavpils, Latvia.
Why this sport?
Doctors recommended he limit his training when he was diagnosed with myopathy at age 17. He then got to know coach Haralds Luckovskis, who encouraged him to take part in a Para swimming event in Riga, Latvia, in 2016.
Club / Team
Daugavpils ISVS: Latvia
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Latvia
General Interest
Nicknames
Yura (VK profile, 24 Feb 2022)
Hobbies
Sport, travel. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S8 100m backstroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His father. (chayka.lv, 30 Sep 2020; Athlete, 30 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Matthew Grevers, Michael Phelps, and Caeleb Dressel, Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, French swimmer Alain Bernard, British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 30 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Para Athlete in Daugavpils, Latvia, in 2018, 2019, and 2021. (gorod.lv, 21 Jan 2022, 17 Feb 2019; latgaleslaiks.lv, 04 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (press.lv, 21 Dec 2021)
Impairment
At age 17 he was diagnosed with myopathy, which causes weakness in his muscles. (rus.lsm.lv, 23 Feb 2020; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a swimming coach at the youth sports school in Daugavpils, Latvia. (press.lv, 21 Dec 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 100m Backstroke S8 1:10.44
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 100m Backstroke S8 1:09.82
8 2019 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:28.13
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S8 28.87
Heats 2022 100m Backstroke S8 1:15.21
8 2022 50m Freestyle S8 29.26
Heats 2022 200m Individual Medley SM8  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:27.56
1 2018 100m Backstroke S8 1:09.45
4 2021 100m Backstroke S8 1:12.65
9 2021 50m Freestyle S8 29.33
14 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:30.78