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Tamara Podpalnaya



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Andrey, daughter Uliana
Barnaul, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1997 in Barnaul, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She began powerlifting in order to lose weight after giving birth to her daughter.
Club / Team
Patriot: Barnaul, RUS
Name of coach
Andrey Podpalny [husband, personal], RUS, from 1997

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Growing flowers. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 52kg category at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her coach and husband Andrey Podpalny. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Soviet figure skater Irina Rodnina. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was named among the best three Para athletes in the Altai region of the Russian Federation. (, 25 Dec 2018)

In December 2013 she took part in the torch relay ahead of the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Her leg of the relay was in her home city of Barnaul in the Russian Federation. (, 03 Dec 2013)

In recognition of her achievements at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, she received the Order of Friendship and was twice presented with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second and first grades] in the Russian Federation. (, 10 Sep 2012, 30 Sep 2009, 06 Apr 2002)

The Paralympic Committee of Russia presented her with the 'Second Breath' award in 2010. (, 21 Dec 2010)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (, 03 Mar 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Andrey has competed as a weightlifter. Her daughter Uliana competed in Para swimming at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and also represented the Russian Federation in Para athletics [shot put and discus throw] at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 May 2019;, 19 Sep 2012)
She was born with chondrodysplasia. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019;, 14 Sep 2016)
Other information
She and her husband founded the Patriot sports club in Barnaul, Russian Federation. (, 02 Mar 2019;, 07 May 2010)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -52 kg Final Round 1
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -52 kg Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -52 kg Final Round 2
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 52.00kg Final 2010-07-26 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -52 kg Final Round 2012-09-01 2
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 55.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-08 9999