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LUKYANENKO Vitaliy
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthSumy, URS
Height1.70 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Ivan Marchyshak, UKR
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Three children, including son Yury and daughter Anastasia
Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1987 in Sumy, Ukraine. In 1997 he started training at the Invasport sport centre for Para athletes in Sumy, Ukraine.
Name of coach
Borys Babar, UKR, from 2012
Senior International Debut
Year
1997
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Switzerland
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 12.5km biathlon race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2009 he dislocated his shoulder. In December 2009 he injured his back during a training session in Canada. (kp.ua, 18 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't underestimate your rival." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In recognition of his achievements at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, he was decorated with three national Orders for Merits, and the Order for Courage [third grade] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 23 Aug 2014; paralympic.org.ua, 08 Mar 2010)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 23 May 2017)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He started losing his sight at age five due to optic atrophy. (fakty.ua, 01 Apr 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
11 2002 7.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 18:53.0
2 2006 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 21:56.8
1 2006 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 36:54.9
1 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
3 2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 37:55.5
1 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 20:18.8
1 2014 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 31:04.0
3 2014 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 37:21.6
1 2018 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 19:51.0
4 2018 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 40:19.8
1 2018 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 44:12.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 5km Classic Style B3 13:12.7
4 2002 10km Freestyle B3 24:42.4
16 2002 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 1:05:57.9
5 2002 1 x 2.5 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 48:34.5
7 2006 5km - Visually Impaired 12:31.9
  2006 10km - Visually Impaired  DNS
  2006 20km - Visually Impaired  DNS
3 2006 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 40:06.9
  2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired  DNS
2 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 39:16.7
5 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
2 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:17.9 
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 44:46.5
2 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 25:19.8
3 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 23:38.5
2 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 39:51.2
2 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
3 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 40:12.8
4 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 10:37.0
5 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:58.4
5 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 42:31.2
5 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:56.4
2 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 37:02.1
2 2012/2013 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 38:40.9
4 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 33:53.1
3 2016/2017 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 42:21.2
4 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 20:39.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002/2003 5km - Visually Impaired 14:34.3
8 2002/2003 10km - Visually Impaired 32:54.2
7 2002/2003 20km - Visually Impaired 1:07:12.6
6 2004/2005 10km - Visually Impaired 28:59.7
4 2004/2005 5km - Visually Impaired 14:07.0
6 2004/2005 20km - Visually Impaired 57:34.3
3 2004/2005 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 40:46.2
3 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 46:37.6
5 2008/2009 10km Freestyle B1-3 26:57.7
11 2008/2009 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
8 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 26:40.6
  2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  DNS
3 2010/2011 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 44:29.4
9 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:08.0
12 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 24:45.4