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Ihar Boki

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Belarusian Ihar Boki dominated his S13 class at London 2012. In his first Paralympics he took home five gold and a silver medal and broke four world records in men's S13 events.

His success in London was no surprise. He had shown his form and positioned himself as the man to beat after winning four world titles at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Already in terms of gold medals he is Belarus’ most successful Paralympian and that continued at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships where he equalled his gold medal performance from London 2012. He also set two world records.

The next stop on his road to Rio 2016 was the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships, where he focused his medal hopes and this time left with two golds.

By the time of the 2015 World Championships, Boki was back to spreading himself across multiple events, sealing six gold medals and four world records in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

His only second place finish came in the 100m breaststroke, where he lost out on gold to teammate Uladzimir Izotau.

The 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships yielded six more titles, just a few months before Boki went onto win a further six Paralympic golds at Rio 2016. His haul included two new world records in the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke and meant he left as the most decorated Paralympian across all sports.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Law - Belarusian State University: Minsk, BLR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Belarus
Name of coach
Gennady Vishnyakov, BLR

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Belarus

General interest

Nicknames
The Beast (paralympic.org, 07 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To achieve the result you should believe in yourself." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was nominated for the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award at the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards. (laureus.com, 21 Oct 2017)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (paradefsport.by, 20 Dec 2018)
Milestones
In 2016 he became the most decorated Belarusian Para athlete from any sport, winter or summer, in terms of total Paralympic medals won, with 13 in total. He is also the most decorated Belarusian Para athlete in terms of gold medals, with 11 in total. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Jul 2019)

At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he won the most gold medals [six] by any athlete across all sports. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2012-08-31 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 2012-08-31 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-01 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2012-09-01 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2012-09-03 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2012-09-07 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2012-09-08 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2013-08-14 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-15 9999
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2013-08-17 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-13 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2015-07-14 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2015-07-14 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2015-07-15 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 3 2016-09-08 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 3 2016-09-10 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2016-09-10 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-12 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 3 2016-09-14 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 3 2016-09-16 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2016-09-17 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2017-12-06 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-07 1