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GERLITS Alexandr
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Kazakhstan   
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Partner Anastasia
Petropavl, KAZ
Higher education
Economics, Physical Education - North Kazakhstan State University: Petropavl, KAZ
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in December 2014 in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
His father was a physical education teacher, so he was involved in a number of sports as a child. Having sustained the impairment to his left arm in 2011, he watched the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and learned that getting involved in Para sport was possible in Kazakhstan. He did not want to do cross-country skiing at first but changed his mind after coaches invited him to try it. Four months later he won his first national championship. "I have known about this sport since childhood, and I love winter."
Club / Team
Umit: Petropavl, KAZ
Name of coach
Vasily Kolomiyets [national], KAZ; Ivan Drobyazko [personal], KAZ; Maria Drobyazko [personal], KAZ
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Cup
Vuokatti, FIN
General Interest
Taking walks with his dog. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the 20km freestyle standing cross-country skiing race at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Ivan Drobyazko and Maria Drobyazko, and his parents. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2017;, 02 Jun 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Kazakhstani cross-country skier Vladimir Smirnov. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Forward. Don't step back." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the titles of Master of Sport of International Class in cross-country skiing and biathlon in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 17 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018)
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 30 May 2018)
The impairment to his left arm is the result of a road accident that happened in 2011. (, 02 Jun 2018; Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:18.9
6 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 43:00.3
7 2018 15km Individual - Standing 47:26.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 50:25.7
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 5:09.5
6 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:21.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Standing  DSQ
8 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:58.4
9 2018/2019 15km Individual - Standing 50:23.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:21.4
9 2016/2017 10km - Standing 24:47.1
8 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Standing 29:57.2
5 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Standing  
7 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:50.9