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Matz Topkin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Estonian
Higher education
Health Promotion - Tallinn Health Care College: Estonia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first went swimming with his mother a few weeks after he was born. He began training in 2010.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to get involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Kalevi Ujumiskool: Tallinn, EST
Name of coach
Kaire Indrikson [personal], EST, from 2019
Training Regime
He trains between five and 14 times a week in the water.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Estonia

General interest

Hobbies
Watching football, singing, playing video games. (sport.delfi.ee, 30 Sep 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S4 50m backstroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Onne Pollisinski and Kaire Indrikson. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Estonian Para swimmer Kardo Ploomipuu. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He was troubled by a back problem at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete blog, 30 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2021 End of the Sports Year awards in Tallinn, Estonia. (Kalevi Ujumiskool Facebook page, 08 Dec 2021)

In 2019 he was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Estonian Paralympic Committee [EPK]. (Instagram profile, 13 Dec 2019)

Alongside fellow Para athlete Marja-Liisa Landar, he was named Athlete of the Year at the 2018 EV 100 Sports Stars of the Year gala in Estonia. (sport.err.ee, 27 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 04 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He was born with a form of dysmelia. He was diagnosed with aplasia of the right arm, and hypoplasia that affected his left arm and his right leg. (ekspress.delfi.ee, 11 Sep 2018; tallin.ee, 16 Feb 2016; merje.planet.ee, 01 Mar 2005)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he was elected as a member of the Estonian Olympic Committee [EOK] Athletes' Committee. "The goal is to represent the interests of Para sport, to keep it in the picture and to offer opportunities for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Estonian sport." (paralympic.ee, 29 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2017-12-03 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2017-12-04 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2017-12-04 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-05 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-05 8