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Oleksandr Aliekseienko

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F34

Further personal information

Family
Wife Ekaterina, one child
Residence
Karmiel, ISR
Languages
Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Trade - Miscellaneous - University of Luhansk: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in September 2002 in Luhansk, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after seeing other athletes with an impairment training and competing. He initially started running, but since he had weak knee joints his coach advised him to switch to throwing events. "Sport helped me recover, and I knew that I was good at what I was doing. Training helped me tune in to a positive mood. At the age of 17, I could already start training professionally, and this strengthened me even more, because before that I weighed only 40 kilograms. And most importantly, the results followed."

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Swansea, WAL

General interest

Hobbies
Needlework. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold and a bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alexei Boguslavski. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Soviet hammer thrower Yuriy Sedykh. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't step back and don't surrender." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Israel at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (34.ua, 02 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 29 Jun 2018; vesty.co.il, 09 Jun 2018)
Impairment
Immediately after he was born he was diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy. At age six he then contracted polio, which weakened his bones and muscles. (vesty.co.il, 09 Jun 2018; 34.ua, 02 Dec 2015; Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Other information
GIFTED WHEELCHAIR
In 2018 he mentioned in an interview with Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that he needed a new wheelchair to compete in, but could not afford one. After reading the story, Israeli radio host Nathan Zehavi announced on air that he was gifting him a new chair. "I brought a chair from Ukraine [to Israel]. It was made specially for me, but it was already old and falling apart. And with such a chair, I may not have been able to compete. The new one cost 1800 Euros, and I don't have that kind of money." (vesty.co.il, 09 Jun 2018)

REPRESENTING ISRAEL
He represented Ukraine until 2018, when he switched to compete for Israel having moved there in 2017. (Athlete, 29 Jun 2018, 22 Oct 2015; vesty.co.il, 11 Aug 2019)

EARLY DAYS
When he was age 12 his parents were killed in a car accident, and he was sent to an orphanage in Luhansk, Ukraine. At first he studied in a regular school before he was transferred to a special boarding school. He then studied shoe making, and later found employment as an orthopaedic footwear designer. (vesty.co.il, 09 Jun 2018; Athlete, 29 Jun 2018, 19 Aug 2018; kp.ua, 07 Dec 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F34 Final 1 2015-10-22 6
Men's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2015-10-26 12
Men's Discus Throw F34 Final 1 2015-10-31 4