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Sergey Punko

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Belarusian, English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Vitebsk State University: Belarus

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1991 in Belarus, under coach Igor Makeev.
Why this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2002 after watching a television programme featuring swimmer Roman Makarov, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. His father Vyacheslav encouraged him, and he took part in his first competition for visually impaired swimmers in 2003.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Vadim Labokha [personal], RUS, from 2013

General interest

Nicknames
Serega, Seryozha (smartnews.ru, 11 Sep 2012; pressball.by, 12 Sep 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He holds the titles of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus and the Russian Federation. (novaya.by, 02 Aug 2019; minsport.gov.ru, 29 Dec 2018)

For his achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. (pravo.gov.ru, 12 Sep 2012)

For his performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing he received the Order of Honour of Belarus. (zn.by, 26 Feb 2009)
Other sports
He participated in national and international competitions as an able-bodied swimmer before his vision deteriorated. (mk.ru, 13 Nov 2012; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Dec 2003)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He participated in national and international competitions as an able-bodied swimmer until about age 21. At this time, the congenital progressive eye condition he has worsened, and in 2002 he was certified as an athlete with a visual impairment and given S12 status. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Dec 2003)
Other information
FROM BELARUS TO RUSSIAN FEDERATION
He represented Belarus at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games. In 2009 he was invited to train in Moscow, and later began competing for the Russian Federation. (mk.ru, 13 Nov 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S13 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49pts Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 2 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 9999
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heats 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heats 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 49 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49 pts Final Round 2
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heats 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 5
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 49 pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49 pts Final Round 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-08-30 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 2012-09-03 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-04 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 2012-09-08 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 2013-08-13 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final 1 2013-08-13 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final 1 2013-08-14 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2015-07-14 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2015-07-14 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2015-07-16 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final 1 2015-07-16 6