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Aleksei Lesnykh

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
F37

Further personal information

Residence
Voronezh, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
History, Translation/interpretation - Voronezh State University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2005 in Voronezh, Russia.
Why this sport?
He initially began running until the athletics coach Oleg Kostyuchenko invited him to the national championships and entered him in shot put, which he had never done before. He won a bronze medal in the event, and six months later he became Russian champion.
Club / Team
Voronezh Regional Centre of Sports Preparation: Russia
Name of coach
Oleg Kostyuchenko, from 2005; Mikhail Oganezov, RUS

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Russia
Location
Netherlands

General interest

Nicknames
Forester [because of his surname]. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Computer, books, communicating with friends, learning languages, music. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2012 European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Injuries
He once injured his left hand and took six months to recover. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Russia. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)

He carried the Paralympic torch as the relay made its way through Russia ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (VK profile, 17 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 05 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F37/38 Final Round 10
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F37/38 Final 2011-01-27 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F37 Final 1 2015-10-25 4