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Jessika Markkanen



Impairment information

S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four, and took up the sport competitively in 2009.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to learn how to swim by her mother. "At the time I was so afraid of water. Fortunately my mother encouraged me by saying, 'You can stop when you can swim 200m'."
Club / Team
Hyvinkaan Uimaseura: Finland

General interest

Jogging, spending time with her dogs. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019;, 08 Jan 2018)
She was affected by back pain in 2015. (, 08 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Swimming Federation. (, 03 Mar 2019)

She was named the 2017 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Helsingfors Simsallskap club in Finland. (, 13 Dec 2017)
She has hemiplegia on the right side of her body as a result of a lack of oxygen at birth. (, 18 Dec 2019; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
In 2013 she lost her passion for swimming and turned her attention to horse riding. She returned to the pool in 2015, as riding aggravated a back injury she had sustained when she was younger. "In the spring of 2013, my passion for swimming was briefly lost and I decided to switch to horse riding. Equestrian has been a family sport, especially for my mother, so it wasn't too difficult to switch sports. However, my childhood back injury was in the way and I was no longer able to ride at racing level. With pain and frustration, I wondered if I would become a rider after all. So it was time to return to the pool." (, 08 Jan 2018)

She has worked part-time at her mother's accountancy office. (, 18 Dec 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 6