Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB9, SM9
Further personal information
Wife Olga Cechonina, daughter Edita 
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1974 at age seven in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and went on to represent the Soviet Union. He returned to the sport in 2017, nine years after his car accident.
Why this sport?
His older sister enrolled him in a diving club. Two years later, his coach suggested he switch to swimming instead.
Club / Team
Zuvedra Sports Club for the Impaired: Klaipeda, LTU
He trains three times a week.
Klim (Facebook profile, 09 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in 100m breaststroke and silver in 4x100m medley relay at the 1985 World University Games in Kobe, Japan. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Duncan Goodhew. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In recognition of his achievements at the 1985 World University Games in Kobe, Japan, he received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Soviet Union. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019; infosport.ru, 2018)
He represented the Soviet Union in able-bodied swimming at the 1985 World University Games in Kobe, Japan. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)
In 2008 he was involved in a car accident in which he lost his left hand and received burns to over 50% of his body. He was in a coma for more than one month, and was also diagnosed with an intellectual impairment. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2019)