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Maksim Koval



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Voronezh, RUS
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Physical Education - Voronezh State Institute of Physical Education: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Voronezh, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
He was offered to try judo or swimming, and his parents chose the latter as they considered judo to be too physical.
Club / Team
Voronezh Specialised Youth Sports School of Deaflympic and Paralympic Reserve: Russia
Name of coach
Vladimir Sivoldaev [personal], RUS, from 2005
Training Regime
He does six two-hour sessions a week in the pool. He also goes to the gym three times a week.

International debut

Competing for
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

General interest

Maks (, 10 Feb 2020)
Cooking. (Athlete, 12 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay 49pts at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 26 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
His coach, his family and his friends. (Athlete, 26 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
Russian Para swimmer Mikhail Zimin. (Athlete, 24 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No need to give up." (, 25 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2019 Best Para Athlete of the Year in the Voronezh region of the Russian Federation. (, 25 Dec 2019)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (, 11 Mar 2021)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 12 Mar 2021)
His vision began to deteriorate in 2005 following a bout of influenza. At age 16 he became completely blind. (, 10 Feb 2020;, 29 Sep 2009)


Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-17 10
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2015-07-18 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2015-07-18 5