Roman Polianskyi1 September 1986
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: Men's single sculls
- 2016 World Cup Poznan - Silver
- 2015 World Cup Varese - Silver
With little international experience and no rowing title under his belt, Roman Polianskyi sprang a surprise at Rio 2016 by winning the men’s single sculls (ASM1x) against the likes of China’s defending Paralympic champion Cheng Huang and Australia’s world champion Erik Horrie.
The Ukrainian qualified for the final A with the best time (4:44.70) from the heats. He then lowered it in the decisive race (4:39.56), setting a new personal best to claim his maiden gold medal on his Paralympic debut.
He will be looking to win his first medal at a World Championships in Sarasota, USA, from 24 September-1 October 2017.
Polianskyi also participated in two World Cups in Varese, Italy, in 2015, and in Poznan, Poland, in 2016, achieving a second place in the latter.