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Maksym Veraksa - Rio 2016

Maksym Veraksa

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Maksym Veraksa is widely regarded as the world’s fastest Paralympic swimmer as the world record holder of 22.99 seconds in the men's 50m freestyle S12. That record has stood since 2009 and is one of the oldest in Para swimming.

At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa, Veraksa won his first world titles made up of four golds. Just two years later, he managed to repeat these results in the Aquatics Center at Beijing 2008, adding another bronze on top of his medal haul.

The 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships were similarly successful for Veraksa, as he came home with three golds and a silver. When coming to the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin, it was clear Veraksa would be the one to beat in the S12 class.

And once again, Veraksa proved his greatness in the pool, swimming to four gold medals, as he was only been beaten once by Russia's Alexandr Nevolin-Svetov in the 100m backstroke.

In recent years Veraksa has narrowed his focus, particularly to the 50m freestyle which he is unbeaten in across three Paralympic and four World Championships. However he as also achieved medal success in the 100m freestyle.

As he gets older it will be very interesting to see who, if anyone, can break the dominance of Veraksa in the men's S12.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Family
Wife Yekaterina, daughter Zlata, son Lev
Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching - Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1992 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He took up Para swimming in 2006.
Why this sport?
His father, who was a swimming coach, took him to the pool. "My father simply threw me in the water."
Club / Team
Invasport: Kharkiv, UKR
Name of coach
Vasyl Keke [personal], UKR, from 1992; Oleksandr Veraksa [father], UKR

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
His performances at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his coach. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Per aspera ad astra." ["Through difficulties to the stars."] (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named an Honoured Citizen of the city of Kharkiv in Ukraine. (izvestia.kharkov.ua, 24 Aug 2017)

He received the Orders for Merits from the president of Ukraine in recognition of his performances at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (president.gov.ua, 07 Oct 2008, 17 Sep 2012, 04 Oct 2016)

He was flag bearer for Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (paralympic.org, 26 Apr 2016)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He began losing his vision in 2004. (sportsvit.com.ua, 19 Feb 2018; vecherniy.kharkov.ua, 08 Oct 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 49pts Final Round 9999
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49pts Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heats 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49 pts Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heats 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 2012-09-03 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2012-09-05 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 2012-09-07 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 2012-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2013-08-12 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2013-08-15 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final 1 2013-08-18 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final 1 2015-07-16 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-18 9999
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2015-07-18 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2016-09-13 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 2016-09-17 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2016-09-17 1