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BOGACHEVA Maria
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Russian Paralympic Committee   
GenderWomen
Age45
Place of BirthSasovo, URS
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sasovo, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Politician, Student
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Physical Education - Ryazan State University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
After competing in powerlifting from 2007, she began training in athletics in 2012 in Sasovo, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She switched from powerlifting to athletics after injuring her shoulder in 2012. "I was treated in Moscow where I met [Russian Para athlete] Aleksei Kuznetsov. He recommended shot put and javelin throw, told me all the niceties of athletics and helped me in everything. Thanks to Aleksei, everything worked out for me."
Club / Team
Ryazan Regional Centre of Sports Preparation: Russia
Name of coach
Yulia Bogacheva [sister], RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Hobbies
Painting, cars. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in shot put at the 2014 Open Championships in Olomouc, Czech Republic. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Russian Para javelin thrower Aleksei Kuznetsov. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Create yourself, find time and not an excuse." (rzn.rodgor.ru, 10 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named among the Best Para Athletes of the Year in the Ryazan region of the Russian Federation. (mediaryazan.ru, 11 Dec 2019)

In 2017 she became an Honourable Citizen of her home city Sasovo in the Russian Federation. (ryazpressa.ru, 14 Aug 2017)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 17 Feb 2021; minsport.gov.ru, 25 Dec 2020)
Other sports
She has represented the Russian Federation in Para powerlifting, and won gold at the 2011 European Championships in Eger, Hungary. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
Her twin sister Yulia has participated in powerlifting. (rzn.rodgor.ru, 10 Feb 2010)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (novgaz-rzn.ru, 22 Oct 2020; Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Impairment
She broke her spine in a car accident at age 18. The driver of the taxi she was in was later found to have been under the influence of alcohol. (rzn.rodgor.ru, 10 Feb 2010)
Other information
POLITICIAN
In September 2020 she was elected to the City Duma [Parliament] of Sasovo in the Russian Federation. Her candidature was supported by over 77% of the town's population. (ryazan.er.ru, 23 Sep 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2021 Shot Put F54 7.34
6 2021 Javelin Throw F54 15.22
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Shot Put F54 7.56
6 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 14.92
4 2015 Javelin Throw F54 14.43
2 2015 Shot Put F54 7.56
5 2019 Javelin Throw F54 15.12
2 2019 Shot Put F54 7.64
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 60kg 82.5
European Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Discus Throw F55 15.28
1 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 7.04
1 2014 Javelin Throw F54 14.34
1 2016 Shot Put F53/54 7.14
1 2016 Javelin Throw F54 15.16
1 2021 Shot Put F54 7.10
1 2021 Javelin Throw F54 14.86