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Illia Yaremenko



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Kyiv, UKR
Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2005 at a sports club in Kiev, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He wanted to fight his fears as he always liked swimming and being in water.
Club / Team
Invasport: Kyiv, UKR
Name of coach
Viktor Turchyn [personal], UKR, from 2016; Liudmyla Slivinska [personal], UKR

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Dogs, listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018, 01 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S12 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Aug 2021;, 18 Sep 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Viktor Turchyn and Liudmyla Slivinska. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 01 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He shaves his legs and his arms before competition, and prefers to be alone with his thoughts and listen to music. (, 15 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. (, 06 Oct 2016)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 31 Dec 2020)
He was born blind because of a birth trauma. (, 15 Nov 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2016-09-08 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-16 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2016-09-17 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2016-09-17 3