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SEMENENKO Yaroslav
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthKrasnohorivka, URS
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB6, SM5
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Anastasia
Residence
Mariupol, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2007 in Makeyevka, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by a coach. "He told me to stand on the starting block. He took a stopwatch and said, 'Now, swim 50 metres breaststroke'."
Club / Team
Invasport [UKR] / ISD Sports Club [UKR]:
Name of coach
Borys Sokolov [personal], UKR, from 2013; Svitlana Toloknianyk, UKR
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, running, maintaining an active lifestyle. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S6 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Borys Sokolov. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Order for Courage [third class] in Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

In 2012 he was named an Honoured Citizen of Sloviansk, Ukraine. (md.dn.ua, 13 Sep 2012)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2020; dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2020)
Impairment
Both his hands were amputated when he was a child after he touched a 6,000 volt transformer. (vikna.stb.ua, 31 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 100m Backstroke S6 1:23.13
9 2008 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:29.22
10 2008 50m Butterfly S6 37.08
5 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:45.44
4 2012 100m Backstroke S6 1:15.98
8 2012 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:26.76
4 2012 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:48.11
Heat 2012 50m Freestyle S6 33.53
6 2012 50m Butterfly S6 33.47
4 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  Q
3 2016 100m Backstroke S6 1:15.41
Heats 2016 50m Butterfly S6 34.38
14 2016 50m Freestyle S6 33.49 
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:54.74 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:27.32
4 2010 100m Backstroke S6 1:18.47
2 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:24.58
3 2010 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:53.20
2 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:39.91
7 2010 50m Butterfly S6 34.13
8 2013 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:26.19
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S6 34.89
2 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:25.41
8 2013 200m Individual Medley SM6  DSQ
3 2013 100m Backstroke S6 1:17.60
6 2013 50m Butterfly S6 33.56
8 2015 50m Butterfly S6 35.44
4 2015 50m Freestyle S6 32.81
5 2015 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:51.79
3 2015 100m Backstroke S6 1:14.93
4 2019 50m Freestyle S5 33.23
3 2019 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.20
5 2019 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.69
2 2019 50m Butterfly S5 33.22
2 2019 50m Backstroke S5 34.72
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heat 2014 50m Butterfly S6  DSQ
6 2014 50m Freestyle S6 34.01
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:58.25
1 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:28.41
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:29.93
1 2014 100m Backstroke S6 1:17.96
8 2016 100m Backstroke S6  DSQ
4 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:58.26
1 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:40.24
7 2016 50m Freestyle S6 33.31
  2016 50m Butterfly S6  DSQ
1 2018 50m Backstroke S5 34.95
4 2018 50m Freestyle S5 33.74
2 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:30.19
1 2018 50m Butterfly S5 35.90