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Iurii Tsaruk



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Dnipropetrovsk, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education, Teaching - Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Education and Sport: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2007 in Cherkasy, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was studying to be a mechanic, but in his second year of studies his parents insisted that he devote more efforts to sports because they thought he had too much spare time. He was first placed in a table tennis club, but did not like this discipline. "I understood that it was easier for me to run than to walk so I asked to be placed in the running group." At first, he was not serious about sports, but when his first coach Aleksander Starovoitov announced that he would be going to Ukraine's national championships in two months, he started training hard to post good results. "I put all my best qualities into training and started to work really, really hard. I didn't want to embarrass myself."
Club / Team
Invasport: Dnipropetrovsk, UKR
Name of coach
Iryna Slyusar [personal], UKR, from 2012; Andriy Fateev [national]

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Stadskanaal, NED

General interest

The Ukrainian Usain Bolt. (, 21 Sep 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Mentor Vitaly Memetov, who first suggested he try para-athletics. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian para-athlete Vasyl Lishchynskyy. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He kisses the Ukraine crest and a medallion depicting Saint George before his races. He also does not shave before his races. (, 04 Sep 2012;, 30 Oct 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always give it my all. If you come out on the track, you need to run as best as you can, otherwise why come out at all? Just so that people would look at you? That's not in my style. You always need to give it your all. Always." (, 07 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (, 04 Mar 2016)

For his achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was given the Order for Merits by the president of Ukraine. (, 30 Oct 2012)
He had cerebral palsy since birth and was not able to walk until age three. (, 08 Nov 2012)
Other information
He worked at the Cherkasy thermal power station for three years after finishing his institute studies. During this time, he continued to train in the evenings. "It took three years to understand that sport was my true calling." (, 08 Nov 2012)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T35 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Men's 100 m T35 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Men's 200 m T35 Heat 2 2012-09-05 1
Men's 200 m T35 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T35 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 1
Men's 100 m T35 Final 1 2013-07-23 2
Men's 200 m T35 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 6
Men's 200 m T35 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T35 Heat 1 2015-10-24 4
Men's 200 m T35 Final 1 2015-10-25 3
Men's 100 m T35 Heat 1 2015-10-28 6
Men's 100 m T35 Final 1 2015-10-29 6