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Vasyl Kovalchuk

Shooting
2

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Olga, son Vadym, daughter Maryna
Residence
Odessa, UKR
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Cherkasy, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
He tried Para athletics, table tennis, swimming and football before taking up shooting Para sport at a range near his home.
Club / Team
Invasport: Odessa, UKR
Name of coach
Iryna Vynogradova [national, personal], UKR
Handedness
Left

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Cup
Location
France

General interest

Hobbies
Fishing. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career
President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine Valery Sushkevich, and his coaches. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, wrestler Ivan Poddubny. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible." (Athlete, 15 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In recognition of his achievements at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016, he received the Orders for Merits [third and second grade] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016; zakon.rada.gov.ua, 17 Sep 2012)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019; Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He has played Para football at international level. (Athlete, 15 May 2019)
Famous relatives
His wife Olga Kovalchuk won a silver medal in shooting Para sport at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2020)
Impairment
In 1984 he lost his right arm after he was attacked by a bear at a zoo. (ukrinform.ua, 05 Sep 2012)
Other information
IMPAIRMENT
In 1984, four days before his 11th birthday, he went to the zoo with some of his schoolmates. They approached the enclosure of an Asian black bear and put their hands on the bars of the enclosure. Before they had time to react, the bear grabbed his right arm in its mouth and began pulling. As his friends tried to pull him to safety his arm was torn off by the bear. Despite losing a large amount of blood, an ambulance arrived fast enough to save him and he underwent extensive surgery. After recovering, he returned to school and learned to write and draw with his left hand. (ukrinform.ua, 05 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2010-07-21 41
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2010-07-23 9
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2010-07-24 17
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Qualification 2012-09-01 1
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Qualification 2012-09-02 11
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2014-07-19 1
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2014-07-21 6
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Final 2014-07-21 5
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2014-07-23 3
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Final 2014-07-23 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Final Round 2016-09-10 7
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Qualification 2016-09-10 3
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Qualification 2016-09-13 1
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 6
R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Final 2018-05-05 5
R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 23
R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 1
R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Final 2018-05-05 2