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Anna Sapozhnikova



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
F37, T37

Further personal information

Chelyabinsk, RUS
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Ural State University of Physical Education: Chelyabinsk, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010 and began training seriously in 2013.
Why this sport?
She was offered the chance to represent her school at a regional sports competition for people with an impairment. She persuaded her father to let her attend and went on to win four gold medals at the tournament. She was then inspired to continue the sport.
Club / Team
Chelyabinsk Adaptive Sports School: Russia
Name of coach
Viktor Slobodchikov [personal], RUS; Elena Malchikova [personal], RUS

General interest

Anya (, 18 Dec 2015)
Dance. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Mar 2021; Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her family and her coaches. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to prove that I can run as fast as others. If my competitors run fast, it means that I can do the same and maybe even faster. I think it's all about desire." (, 18 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2019 and 2013 she was named one of the ten Best Para Athletes of the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Federation. (, 17 Dec 2019;, 27 Dec 2013)

She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (, 18 Feb 2021; Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2020)
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. Her left leg and her left hand are slightly shorter than those on her right side. (, 02 Mar 2012)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 4
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-22 7
Women's 100 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 5
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-24 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-22 4
Women's Long Jump T37 Final 1 2015-10-28 3
Women's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-29 3
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2015-10-31 2