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Nikita Kotukov

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Ulyanovsk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2015 in Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
He played football for eight years before he was spotted by the director of the regional school of Olympic reserve, who encouraged him to switch to athletics.
Club / Team
Ulyanovsk Adaptive Sports School: Russia
Name of coach
Alexey Mikhalkin [personal], RUS; Stanislav Larin [personal], RUS

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, watching movies, football. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 U23 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father, and his coach. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor, South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga, Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarria. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the Overcoming Award at the 2019 Best Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Ulyanovsk region of the Russian Federation. (73online.ru, 24 Dec 2019)

In 2020 he received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 23 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He was born without his right hand. (ulpravda.ru, 04 Dec 2017)