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Irina Potekhina

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Residence
Nizhny Novgorod, RUS
Languages
Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 16 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She used to play football as a goalkeeper. Her quick reactions and jumping ability eventually took her to athletics.
Club / Team
Nizhegorodets Sports School: Nizhny Novgorod, RUS
Name of coach
Valentina Sukhanova [personal], RUS; Evgeny Sukhanov [personal], RUS

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in 4x200m relay and long jump at the 2019 INAS European Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Russian footballer Vyacheslav Malafeev, Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic, Russian long jumper Darya Klishina. (Athlete, 23 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is such a chance to take a worthy place in life. But for this you need to work, work and work again." (pravda-nn.ru, 12 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 20 Feb 2020; pravda-nn.ru, 12 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2021)