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Kairat Kanafin

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Anton Zhdanovich

Further personal information

Daughter Albina
Petropavl, KAZ
Kazakh, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 32 in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
In 2007 he heard about Para sport while watching television, and decided to join the regional society for people with a vision impairment. "My soul is disposed to this sport."
Club / Team
Umit Sports Club for the Impaired: Petropavl, KAZ
Name of coach
Aslan Tokbayev [club], KAZ; Vasily Kolomiyets [national], KAZ

International debut

Competing for
World Cup

General interest

Spending time with family, listening to music. (Athlete, 22 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ivan Drobyazko. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani road cyclist Alexandr Vinokurov. (, 01 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you believe in your dream and walk your way towards it, it will inevitably come true." (, 01 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Kazakhstan at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 09 Mar 2018)

He has received the title of Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. He has also competed in Para cycling, and won a bronze medal in the time trial at the 2021 Road National Championships in Petropavl, Kazakhstan. (, 15 Jun 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2018)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2018)
His vision impairment is the result of an injury he sustained at work in 1997. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018;, 06 Mar 2014)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 17
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Qualification 2014-03-12 13
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 10
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 17
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2017-02-11 13
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-12 16
Men's Sprint VI Final 2017-02-18 15
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 17
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-10 17
Men's 20km Free Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-12 11
Men's 12.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-13 14
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 14
Men's 15km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-16 14
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 12