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KOVALCHUK Vasyl
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthCherkasy, URS
Height1.70 m
Weight 86 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Olga, son Vadym, daughter Maryna
Residence
Odessa, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Cherkasy, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He tried Para athletics, table tennis, swimming and football before taking up shooting Para sport at a range near his home.
Club / Team
Invasport: Ukraine
Name of coach
Iryna Vinogradova [national, personal], UKR
Handedness
Left
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Cup
Location
France
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Most influential person in career
President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine Valery Sushkevich, and his coaches. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, wrestler Ivan Poddubny. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He has played Para football at international level. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
His wife Olga Kovalchuk won a silver medal in shooting Para sport at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Impairment
At age 11 he lost his right arm after a bear attack at a local zoo. (ukrinform.ua, 05 Sep 2012)
Other information
IMPAIRMENT
In 1984, four days before his 11th birthday, he went to the zoo with some of his school mates. They approached the enclosure of an Asian black bear and put their hands on the bars of the enclosure. Before they had time to react, the bear grabbed his right arm in its mouth and began pulling. As his friends tried to pull him to safety his arm was torn off by the bear. Despite losing a large amount of blood, an ambulance arrived fast enough to save him and he underwent extensive surgery. After recovering, he returned to school and learned to write and draw with his left hand. (ukrinform.ua, 05 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 706.4
11 2012 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 598
7 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 103.0
1 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.7
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
41 2010 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
9 2010 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 586
17 2010 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
1 2014 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 621.0
5 2014 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 146.9
7 2014 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 105.0
5 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 188.6
23 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 631.4
2 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 248.9
World Cup (Stoke Mandeville)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 210.3
1 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.6
2 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 211.3
1 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.7
9 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 628.8
3 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 190.3
2 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 210.2
2 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 212.2
5 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 146.7
1 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 212.6
4 2017 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 208.9
3 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 232.2
1 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 245.9
3 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 230.0
2 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 253.3
3 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 220.6
1 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 253.2
4 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 210.9
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 252.8
2 2013 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 623.5
2 2013 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.8
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
1 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
5 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
1 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
International Shooting Competition of Hannover
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 622.3
1 2017 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 255.6
2 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 255.4