female powerlifter Raushan Koishibayeva sits on the bench and smiles

Raushan Koishibayeva



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Bauyrzhan Kasymbekov, three daughters
Chundzha, KAZ
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 Sports Club for People with Impairments: Taldykorgan, KAZ
Name of coach
Denis Orlov [personal], KAZ

International debut

Competing for
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Listening to music. (Athlete, 01 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 67kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Apr 2021; Athlete, 09 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani figure skater Denis Ten, Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman, Kazakhstani weightlifter Ilya Ilyin. (Athlete, 01 Apr 2021)
She dislocated her shoulder in 2013. (, 09 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In July 2021 she and Para taekwondoka Nurlan Dombayev were named flag bearers for Kazakhstan for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Jul 2021)

In 2016 she received the Order of Kurmet [Honour] from the president of Kazakhstan. (, 14 Dec 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2019;, 28 Jan 2019)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2019)
She fell under a train in 1990. The accident resulted in the amputation of her legs below the knees. (, 02 Dec 2016)
Other information
She hopes that the silver medals she won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia can inspire other people living with an impairment in Kazakhstan 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 free themselves from the four walls, open the door and take part in sports." (, 09 Jul 2019)


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