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APINIS Aigars
Sport Para athletics
NPC Latvia   
GenderMen
Age45
Height1.80 m
Weight 93 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52
Further Personal Information
Residence
Riga, LAT
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
Latvian, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1998.
Why this sport?
Latvian athletics coach Aldi Supulnieks encouraged him to take up the sport.
Name of coach
Aldi Supulnieks, LAT
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Latvia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Smiling (Athlete, 14 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, fishing, handcycling. (Athlete, 18 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 18 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2012 the Latvian Government Organisation of Sport named him the Latvian Man of the Year for winning a gold and a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (sportacentrs.com, 28 Dec 2012)

In 2006 he was named the Man of the Year in Ogre, Latvia, and was awarded the Latvian Paralympic Committee's Sport Laureate. (aigarsapinis.lv, 17 Sep 2008)

He was the 2004 Person of the Year in Ogre, Latvia. (aigarsapinis.lv, 17 Sep 2008)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a diving accident in 1992. (kasjauns.lv, 02 Jan 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is vice president of the Latvian Paralympic Committee. He has also served as the president of the Latvian Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities. (Facebook profile, 26 Jul 2018; sportamuzejs.lv, 01 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 Discus Throw F52 15.12
  2000 Discus Throw F53  DNS
3 2000 Shot Put F52 7.15
4 2004 Shot Put F52 8.21 
1 2004 Discus Throw F52 18.98 
1 2008 Discus Throw F33/34/52 20.47
2 2008 Shot Put F33/34/52 10.02
1 2012 Shot Put F52/53 10.23
2 2012 Discus Throw F51/52/53 21.00
1 2016 Discus Throw F52 20.83
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2002 Shot Put F52 7.38
1 2002 Discus Throw F52 15.80
3 2006 Shot Put F52 8.69
1 2006 Discus Throw F52 19.44
1 2011 Shot Put F52/53 10.03
1 2011 Discus Throw F51-53 20.88
3 2013 Discus Throw F51/52/53 21.06
1 2013 Shot Put F52/53 10.23
1 2015 Discus Throw F52 21.44
2 2017 Discus Throw F52 21.95
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Discus Throw F52 19.68
2 2018 Discus Throw F52 19.71