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Larisa Marinenkova

Athletics | Powerlifting


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

English, Romanian, Russian
Higher education
Mathematics - Moldova State University: Chisinau, MDA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2004 at age 35 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Why this sport?
"If I choose another type of sport, I would need a companion [guide]. I chose one [powerlifting] where I can do it by myself. By lying on the horizontal bench, I could lift a maximum of 100 kilograms. My body was accustomed to the physical effort and the desire to train comes from within. I felt I needed that physical effort. Training is as exciting as the competition itself. The process captivated me and I came to a state where I cannot leave the sport."
Club / Team
SCPLN: Moldova

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Cats. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are called people with disabilities. I would say we have special abilities, skills that others do not use." (, 07 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received a Civic Merit Medal from the Moldovan government in recognition of her sporting achievements. (, 31 May 2018)

She was flag bearer for the Republic of Moldova at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in Para athletics [F34 shot put] at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (, 11 Jun 2016)
She was born with cerebral palsy. (, 04 Dec 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -67.5 kg Final Round 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -67.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-03 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -73 kg Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 73.00kg Final 2017-12-06 9999