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Irina Lavrova



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Volgograd, RUS
Higher education
Information Technology, Mathematics - Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2006 in Volgograd, Russia.
Why this sport?
She became interested in the sport after a man noticed her in a swimming pool and told her about the opportunity to compete at the Russian championships.
Club / Team
Centre of Summer Sports Preparation: Volgograd, RUS
Name of coach
Nikolay Kostin, RUS, from 2013

International debut

Competing for
World Games
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Showdown, audio books, movies, spending time out in nature. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2007 IBSA World Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family and coaches. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova, Korean-Russian short track athlete Viktor An, Russian ice hockey player Ivan Tkachenko. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I began swimming, I acquired confidence in myself and adapted to the social sphere. Sport develops a blind person in different dimensions." (, 09 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Master of Sport in Russia. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)

At a ball honouring Volgograd's 2012 Olympians and Paralympians, she was presented with flowers and a certificate awarding her a monetary prize by regional governor Sergey Bozhenov. (, 07 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She won a gold medal at the 2015 Russian Championship in table tennis for the visually impaired. (Athlete, 02 Apr 2015)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2012-09-01 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2012-09-03 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-09-07 6