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Natalia Popova

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Son Egor

General interest

Other information
DISABILITY NO BARRIER
Despite suffering from cerebral palsy she says she has never let it become a limitation on her life. She started to swim, learnt to drive a car, got married and despite many people warning her against having a baby she successfully gave birth to a healthy son. She says her son gives her happiness that cannot be compared with anything else, and she feels like the luckiest person on earth. (Youtube interview, 25 Mar 2011)

MATERNITY LEAVE FROM SWIMMING
She has taken time away from swimming due to the birth of her son in 2009. She has said she will return to the pool to introduce swimming to her son, but was concerned that starting intensive training in the cold water could affect her breast-feeding. She was hoping to return to training in time for the 2011 Russian championships [in April]. (Youtube interview, 25 Mar 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 6
Women's 150 m Medley SM4 Heat 1 4
Women's 150 m Medley SM4 Final Round 8
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 4
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 6
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 3
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 4
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4