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PUNKO Sergey
Sport Para swimming
NPC RPC   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthNavapolatsk, URS
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Belarusian, English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Vitebsk State University: Belarus
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1991 in Belarus, under coach Igor Makeev.
Why this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2002 after watching a television programme featuring swimmer Roman Makarov, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. His father Vyacheslav encouraged him and he took part in his first competition for visually impaired swimmers in 2003.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Vadim Labokha [personal], RUS, from 2013
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He holds the titles of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus and the Russian Federation. (fss.org.ru, 21 Jan 2020; novaya.by, 02 Aug 2019)

For his achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. (pravo.gov.ru, 12 Sep 2012)

For his performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing he received the Order of Honour of Belarus. (zn.by, 26 Feb 2009)
Other sports
He participated in national and international competitions as an able-bodied swimmer before his vision deteriorated. (mk.ru, 13 Nov 2012; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Dec 2003)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He participated in national and international competitions as an able-bodied swimmer until about age 21. At this time his progressive congenital eye condition worsened and, in 2002, he was certified as an athlete with a visual impairment and given S12 status. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Dec 2003)
Other information
CHANGE OF ALLEGIANCE
He represented Belarus at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games. In 2009 he was invited to train in Moscow and later began competing for the Russian Federation. (mk.ru, 13 Nov 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2004 50m Freestyle S12 25.88
3 2004 100m Freestyle S12 55.54
1 2004 400m Freestyle S12 4:11.58
9 2004 100m Backstroke S12 1:10.34
2 2004 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:11.27
2 2004 100m Butterfly S12 1:00.18
1 2004 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:14.42
2 2004 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 3:55.73
3 2004 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:21.51
8 2008 50m Freestyle S12 25.97
5 2008 100m Freestyle S12 54.99
1 2008 400m Freestyle S12 4:08.64
2 2008 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:09.71
2 2008 100m Butterfly S12 59.72
8 2008 200m Individual Medley SM12  DSQ
1 2012 400m Freestyle S12 4:10.26
2 2012 100m Butterfly S12 59.47
3 2012 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:14.83
6 2012 100m Freestyle S12 56.78
Heats 2012 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:13.87
8 2021 400m Freestyle S13 4:28.52
7 2021 100m Freestyle S12 59.30
8 2021 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:14.87 
9 2021 100m Butterfly S12 1:06.63
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 50m Freestyle S12 25.89
2 2006 100m Freestyle S12 54.86
1 2006 400m Freestyle S12 4:15.80
7 2006 100m Backstroke S12 1:08.65
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:09.64
2 2006 100m Butterfly S12 59.15
1 2006 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:14.78
2 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 3:51.29
2 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:15.55
1 2006 5km Open Water 1:00:21
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:14.74
2 2010 100m Butterfly S12 58.63
4 2010 50m Freestyle S12 25.69
1 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:02.14
1 2010 400m Freestyle S12 4:11.25
3 2010 100m Freestyle S12 54.54
1 2010 5km Open Water S11-S13 59:58.19
4 2013 100m Butterfly S12 1:00.17
4 2013 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:15.33
2 2013 400m Freestyle S12 4:17.04
3 2013 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:10.68
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:16.93
6 2015 400m Freestyle S13 4:13.78
6 2015 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:11.67
7 2019 400m Freestyle S13 4:22.00
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S12 1:02.79
7 2019 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:11.58 Q
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S12 57.23
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:07.73
2 2009 100m Butterfly S12 58.85
2 2009 100m Freestyle S12 53.76
2 2009 100m Individual Medley SM12 1:00.67
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:10.63
1 2009 400m Freestyle S12 4:06.42
1 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 3:35.92
1 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:00.99
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:12.06
4 2014 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:16.05
4 2014 100m Butterfly S12 1:00.72
2 2014 400m Freestyle S12 4:14.73
6 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:00.31
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:10.15
3 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:13.13
5 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:15.11