Serhii Yemelianov28 May 1993
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Championships – Gold (KL3)
- Rio 2016 Paralympics – Gold (KL3)
- 2016 World Championships – Silver (KL3)
Serhii Yemelianov emerged as the surprise gold medal winner at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. He upset favourite from Germany Tom Kierey, who had won back-to-back world titles in the men’s KL3 leading up to those Games. Yemelianov had always been in the German’s shadows in those years, taking silver to Kierey at the 2016 Worlds in Duisburg, Germany. But since the Ukrainian’s Paralympic victory, he has become the man to beat in the KL3 class. He won the 2017 Worlds gold and opened the 2018 season with a World Cup victory in Szeged, Hungary.
Yemelianov’s rise in the sport was quick. He finished eighth at the 2015 edition, which was his major international debut.