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POLUKHIN Nikolay
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthGolyshmanovo, URS
Height1.68 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Andrei Tokarev
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Larisa
Residence
Tyumen, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies, Teaching - Tyumen Institute of Physical Education: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began cross-country skiing in 2004 in the Nege rehabilitation centre in Tyumen, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
He tried several different types of sports such as gymnastics, arm-wrestling, weightlifting, and powerlifting, before discovering cross-country skiing.
Club / Team
Centre of Sports Preparation No.72: Tyumen, RUS
Name of coach
Vyacheslav Goldinov [personal], RUS, from 2004; Alexei Kopytin [national], RUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Russia
Location
Italy
General Interest
Nicknames
Kolya (1tv.ru, 02 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His mother and father. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is life, it is the engine to keep moving forward." (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
For his successful performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he was presented with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [fourth grade] by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)

He was named the IPC Athlete of the Month for March 2012. (paralympic.org, 11 Apr 2012)

He was decorated with the Pride of the Nation award in 2012. (csp72.ru, 12 Jul 2012)

For his achievements at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver he was decorated with the Order of Friendship by the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Mar 2010)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (fss.org.ru, 21 May 2014)
Impairment
In 1993 he was electrocuted which resulted in head trauma and impaired vision. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Other information
ANTI-DOPING VIOLATION
In February 2016 a minute trace of the banned substance meldonium was found in his system while he was competing at the World Cup in Finsterau, Germany. As a result of his disqualification he was stripped of the gold medal that he had won in the 15km biathlon event. However, he did not receive any suspension from competition due to the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Anti-Doping Hearing Body accepting that he had taken the substance before 01 January 2016 when the substance was added to the prohibited list. (paralympic.org, 24 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
2 2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 37:17.4
2 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 20:54.9
2 2014 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 31:52.6
1 2014 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 37:27.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 52:59.2
3 2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 28:14.6
1 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 38:54.8
2 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
9 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 3:55.63
1 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:35.6 
4 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 25:13.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
5 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 39:21.5
2 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 9:40.0
1 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 21:35.8
1 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 39:09.1
1 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 21:34.0
1 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 36:37.8
1 2012/2013 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 38:18.2
1 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 18:55.4
1 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 34:03.2
1 2014/2015 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 41:17.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008/2009 20km Classic Style B1-3 53:29.2
1 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 43:54.5
2 2008/2009 10km Freestyle B1-3 25:59.4
3 2008/2009 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 25:14.3
2 2010/2011 20km - Visually Impaired 54:10.0
2 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2010/2011 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 42:11.7
5 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 20km - Visually Impaired 52:16.8
1 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:44.1
1 2012/2013 10km - Visually Impaired 28:01.2
4 2014/2015 20km - Visually Impaired 46:40.5
4 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2014/2015 10km - Visually Impaired 26:47.4