19808-Anton Kol photo

Anton Kol



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Olena
Dnipro, UKR
English, Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 12 in Dnipro, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was among a group of students from a boarding school who were taken to a pool, but the coaches did not think he had talent. He was determined to learn to swim, so he accompanied friends when they went swimming in the river and lake. He usually stayed on the edge of the water, but one time his friends pushed him into the water from a catamaran. "I stayed afloat. I wanted to live. That's why I stayed afloat."
Club / Team
Invasport: Dnipro, UKR
Name of coach
Gennady Vdovychenko [personal], UKR, from 2002
Training Regime
He trains six times a week.

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Montreal, QC, CAN

General interest

Travel. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in S1 50m backstroke at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, and bronze medals in S1 50m backstroke and S1 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gennady Vdovychenko, and Ukrainian Paralympic Committee president Valery Sushkevych. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 26 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Water relieves stress from me. It really brings me pleasure. I forget about all of my problems when I am in the pool." (, 29 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
He received the Order for Courage [third class] in Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 04 Oct 2016)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 31 Dec 2020; Athlete, 05 Mar 2020)
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2021)
He was born with arthrogryposis, a condition characterised by malformation of the limbs and underdevelopment of the joints and muscles. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S1 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2015-07-16 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-15 3