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KUZNETSOV Alexey
Sport Para athletics
NPC Russia   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthSaransk, URS
Height1.82 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Daria, sons Kuzma [2007] and Fyodor [2012]
Residence
Voskresensk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Law - Voskresensk Modern Academy for the Humanities: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2007 in Cheboksary, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
After winning world titles in arm wrestling, he decided to switch to athletics in order to become a Paralympic champion.
Club / Team
Leader: Voskresensk, RUS
Name of coach
Albert Kalin, RUS, from 2007
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Russia
Location
Osaka, JPN
General Interest
Nicknames
Kuzya (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Billiards, swimming. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and breaking a world record at the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Injuries
In 2012 he suffered from a spinal disc hernia. (trud.ru, 06 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 30 May 2016)

He carried the Paralympic torch through Chekhov as the relay made its way through Russian Federation ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (vostv.ru, 03 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2012 Person of the Year in his hometown of Voskresensk, Russian Federation. (news.voskresensk-gis.ru, 31 Dec 2012)

Following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was awarded the Medal of Thanks by the regional governor of Moscow, Russia. (vosns.ru, 17 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
He is a former world champion in arm wrestling and a national champion in wheelchair basketball. (sportbox.ru, 20 Aug 2012)
Impairment
He has spinal trauma after he fell from the fifth floor of a building at age five. (trud.ru, 06 Sep 2012)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He studied philology at the International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences in Moscow, Russian Federation, and sports management at the Moscow State University. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 Javelin Throw F53-54 26.78
2 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 27.87
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Javelin Throw F54-56 29.44
12 2011 Shot Put F54-56 8.58
5 2011 Discus Throw F54-56 28.18
2 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 27.87
3 2015 Javelin Throw F54 27.56
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014 Discus Throw F56 25.01
1 2014 Javelin Throw F54 27.03
12 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 8.17
1 2016 Javelin Throw F54 29.91