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MARINENKOVA Larisa
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Moldova   
GenderWomen
Age50
Place of BirthComrat, URS
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Chisinau, MDA
Languages
English, Romanian, Russian
Higher education
Mathematics - Moldova State University: Chisinau, MDA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2004 at age 35 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Why this sport?
"If I choose another type of sport, I would need a companion [guide]. I chose one [powerlifting] where I can do it by myself. By lying on the horizontal bench, I could lift a maximum of 100 kilograms. My body was accustomed to the physical effort and the desire to train comes from within. I felt I needed that physical effort. Training is as exciting as the competition itself. The process captivated me and I came to a state where I cannot leave the sport."
Club / Team
SCPLN: Moldova
Name of coach
Dumitru Prodan, MDA
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Moldova
General Interest
Hobbies
Cats. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are called people with disabilities. I would say we have special abilities, skills that others do not use." (rfi.ro, 07 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received a Civic Merit Medal from the Moldovan government in recognition of her sporting achievements. (allmoldova.com, 31 May 2018)

She was flag bearer for the Republic of Moldova at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in Para athletics [F34 shot put] at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (paralympic.org, 11 Jun 2016)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (jurnaltv.md, 04 Dec 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 67.5kg 77.5
  2012 67.5kg  NoM
7 2016 73kg 90
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 67.5kg  NoM
  2017 73kg  NoM
12 2019 79kg 83.0
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Shot Put F34 4.64
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 67kg 75
7 2015 73kg 90
6 2018 73kg 83