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KAZANTSEVA Irina
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age40
Place of BirthBarnaul, URS
Height1.54 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Sergey Kazantsev, son Artem, daughter Anastasia
Other names
Irina Alyrchikova
Residence
Barnaul, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2003 at age 25 in the Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She heard from her friends that a new sports club 'Patriot' had opened near where she lived, so she decided to take a look and gave powerlifting a try.
Club / Team
Patriot: Barnaul, RUS
Name of coach
Alexander Dolzhenko, RUS, from 2003; Andrey Podpalny, RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Kavala, GRE
General Interest
Hobbies
Gathering berries and mushrooms, beadwork. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)

For winning silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she received the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second grade] from the president of Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 30 Sep 2009)
Famous relatives
Her husband Sergey Kazantsev has competed in powerlifting. (stadion22.ru, 19 Dec 2007; kp.ru, 13 Sep 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was struck by a car at age 11, resulting in her amputation. (stadion22.ru, 19 Dec 2007; Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 56kg 97.5
5 2012 56kg 101
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 56kg 102.5
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 61kg 110