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female powerlifter Raushan Koishibayeva sits on the bench and smiles

Raushan Koishibayeva

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Husband Bauyrzhan Kasymbekov, three daughters
Residence
Kazakhstan
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Kazakh, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 44 in Chundzha, Kazakhstan.
Why this sport?
"You can probably call it love at first sight. When I went to the gym for the first time, I realised at once that I was made for this sport."
Club / Team
Almaty Regional Sports Club for the Disabled: Taldykorgan, KAZ
Name of coach
Denis Orlov [personal], KAZ

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Kazakhstan
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 67kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2019)
Injuries
In 2013 she dislocated her shoulder. (paralympic.org, 09 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Order of Kurmet [Honour] from the president of Kazakhstan. (kazpravda.kz, 14 Dec 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2019; csp-parasport.kz, 28 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She fell under a train in 1990. The accident resulted in the amputation of her legs below the knees. (kazpravda.kz, 02 Dec 2016)
Other information
PROMOTING THE SPORT
She won silver medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, and hopes her success will inspire other people in Kazakhstan that are living with an impairment to get active. "[Para] powerlifting has changed my whole outlook on life. There are still people in our country who are stuck within four walls. Whenever I am walking down the street, I invite them to come to the gym, not to be afraid of the 'metal'. People should come out of the four walls, open the door and take part in sports." (paralympic.org, 09 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 61.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-08 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -67 kg Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 67.00kg Final 2017-12-06 5