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PIKALOVA Daria
Sport Para swimming
NPC RPC   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthVoronezh, RUS
Height1.76 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Alexander Pikalov
Other names
Daria Stukalova
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Voronezh State Institute of Physical Education: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2002 in Voronezh, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her parents took her to the swimming pool.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Sergey Zhilkin [personal], RUS, from 2018
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Dasha (riavrn.ru, 07 May 2016)
Hobbies
Reading books, listening to music, painting. (Athlete, 12 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the S12 100m backstroke and S13 100m butterfly at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021; Athlete, 12 Mar 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 18 Dec 2020)

In recognition of her achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second grade] of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 10 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Alexander Pikalov represented the Russian Federation in Para swimming and won gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle 49 Points relay at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Her parents Alla Valeva and Sergey Stukalov are swimming coaches. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021; Athlete, 20 Jul 2014; paralymp.ru, 16 Aug 2010)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 12 Mar 2021)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLAN
She plans to retire from the sport and pursue a career in coaching after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "In swimming, you can't afford to miss two or three years. Therefore, I will prepare for the 2020 Paralympic Games and after the Games I will leave the sport. I have two higher education diplomas and I would like to test myself in a coaching role." (riavrn.ru, 15 Nov 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
In 2019 she graduated in adaptive physical education from Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education, Sport and Health in St Petersburg, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2019; VK profile, 20 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 100m Butterfly S12 1:06.27
3 2012 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:28.73
3 2012 100m Freestyle S12 1:00.23
3 2012 50m Freestyle S12 27.75
3 2021 100m Butterfly S13 1:05.86
2 2021 100m Backstroke S12 1:08.76
5 2021 50m Freestyle S13 27.39
12 2021 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:57.37
2 2021 100m Freestyle S12 59.13 
1 2021 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 3:53.79
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 100m Freestyle S12 59.71
1 2013 100m Butterfly S12 1:05.39
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:29.82
1 2013 50m Freestyle S12 27.58
1 2013 400m Freestyle S12 4:42.29
2 2013 100m Backstroke S12 1:09.99
2 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:24.86
1 2015 100m Backstroke S12 1:06.75
5 2015 400m Freestyle S13 4:49.56
2 2015 50m Freestyle S12 27.53
3 2015 100m Freestyle S13 59.44
1 2015 100m Butterfly S13 1:04.13
4 2019 100m Backstroke S13 1:08.55
5 2019 100m Freestyle S13 1:00.39
4 2019 100m Butterfly S13 1:05.13
3 2019 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 3:54.09
2 2019 50m Freestyle S13 27.67
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Backstroke S12 1:09.28
1 2014 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:29.39
1 2014 50m Freestyle S12 27.42
1 2014 100m Butterfly S12 1:05.13
1 2014 100m Freestyle S12 59.77
1 2014 400m Freestyle S12 4:43.78
1 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:04.92
1 2016 50m Freestyle S12 27.00
2 2016 100m Freestyle S13 58.93
2 2016 100m Backstroke S12 1:10.44
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:30.20
1 2021 100m Backstroke S12 1:07.85
2 2021 100m Butterfly S13 1:05.33 
1 2021 50m Freestyle S12 27.46
2 2021 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:25.33
1 2021 100m Freestyle S12 59.00
3 2021 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points 4:00.19
2 2021 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:27.77