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Aigars Apinis

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52

Further personal information

Residence
Birzgale, 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, specialising in shot put and discus.
Why this sport?
He was initially encouraged to get involved in sport by his mother. Later he met coach Aldis Supulnieks, who encouraged him to try athletics. Several years later he began training seriously.
Name of coach
Aldis Supulnieks, LAT
Training Regime
He trains three or four times per week. He includes swimming and weights sessions in his routine.

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Latvia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Sydney, NSW, AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Smiling (Athlete, 14 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2012 the Latvian Government Organisation of Sport named him the Latvian Male Athlete of the Year for winning a gold and a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (sportacentrs.com, 28 Dec 2012)

In 2012 he was named the Best Paralympic Athlete of Riga in Latvia. (bjssridzene.lv, 19 Dec 2012)

In 2006 he was named the Athlete of the Year in Ogre, Latvia, and was awarded the Latvian Paralympic Committee's Sport Laureate. (aigarsapinis.lv, 17 Sep 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (apollo.lv, 29 Oct 2020)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a diving accident in 1992. (kasjauns.lv, 02 Jan 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as vice president of the Latvian Paralympic Committee and as president of the Latvian Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities. (Facebook profile, 03 Feb 2021; apollo.lv, 29 Oct 2020; sportamuzejs.lv, 01 Mar 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F52 Final Round 3
Men's Discus Throw F53 Final Round 9999
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F33/34/52 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F33/34/52 Final Round 2
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F52 Final Round 3
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F52 Final Round 4
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 1
Men's Shot Put F52 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F52/53 Final 2011-01-24 1
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final 2011-01-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F52/53 Final Round 2012-08-31 1
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final Round 2012-09-06 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final 1 2013-07-22 3
Men's Shot Put F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-23 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final 1 2017-07-18 2