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KARANFILOV Vanco
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC North Macedonia   
GenderMen
Age66
Place of BirthRadovis, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Macedonian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began shooting in 1996 in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Name of coach
Branimir Jovanovski [national], MKD
General Interest
Hobbies
Table tennis, fishing. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SH1 air pistol at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Branimir Jovanovski. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
North Macedonian Para shooter Branimir Jovanovski. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Injuries
He suffered from epicondylitis [tennis elbow] in 2005. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for North Macedonia at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (chinadaily.com.cn, 31 Aug 2008)
Other sports
He has competed in Para table tennis at national level in North Macedonia. (fsrim.org.mk, 14 Oct 2021)
Milestones
He became the first North Macedonian athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, when he claimed silver in the SH1 air pistol at the 2004 Games in Athens. (chinadaily.com.cn, 31 Aug 2008; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jul 2022)
Impairment
His leg was amputated above the knee. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Preliminary round 2000 Air Pistol SH1 556
5 2000 Free Pistol SH1 607.8
2 2004 Air Pistol SH1 661.6
22 2004 Free Pistol SH1 498
12 2004 Sport Pistol SH1 553
27 2008 Air Pistol SH1 549
22 2008 Free Pistol SH1 507
13 2008 Sport Pistol SH1 554
22 2012 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 553
10 2012 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 556
27 2012 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 492
Qualification 2016 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 556
Qualification 2016 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 542
Qualification 2016 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 500
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
20 2006 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1  
12 2006 MP1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
7 2006 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 609.8
28 2010 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1  
21 2010 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1  
17 2010 MP1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
51 2014 MP1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 535
7 2014 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 7
22 2014 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 510
31 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 525
31 2018 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 550
40 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 487
35 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 544
9 2019 P6 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 - Team  
44 2019 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 486
28 2019 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 551
World Cup (Osijek)
Rank Year Event Result
24 2015 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 542
43 2015 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 536.0
16 2015 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 521.0
20 2015 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 542
9 2015 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 562
14 2015 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 523
15 2016 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 545
11 2017 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 540
14 2017 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 520
31 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 520
33 2018 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 538
30 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 497
23 2022 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 528
26 2022 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 486
22 2022 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 548
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
15 2013 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 538
35 2013 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 536
17 2018 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 546
19 2022 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 533
3 2022 P6 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 - Team  
International Shooting Competition of Hannover
Rank Year Event Result
12 2017 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 542
12 2017 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 518
10 2017 P1 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 555