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Viktor Smyrnov

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Sloviansk, UKR
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Law - Donetsk National University: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2001 in Sloviansk, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to follow the example of his compatriot, Ukraininan Para swimmer Oleksandr Mashchenko.
Club / Team
Invasport: Donetsk, UKR
Name of coach
Svitlana Kaznacheyeva [personal], UKR; Andriy Kaznacheyev [personal], UKR

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG

General interest

Nicknames
Vitya (fakty.ua, 11 Nov 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five gold medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Aug 2021; Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In recognition of the silver medal he won at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, he received the Order for Merit [second class] in Ukraine. (zakon.rada.gov.ua, 16 Sep 2021)

In recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the Order for Merit [third class] in Ukraine. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

He was presented with the Golden Star Order in 2004 and the Orders for Courage in 2008, 2011 and 2012 by the president of Ukraine. (swim.dn.ua, 2014)

In recognition of his performance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, he was given the Hero of Ukraine title. He also received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine in 2004. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 31 Dec 2020; swim.dn.ua, 01 Oct 2019; swim.dn.ua, 01 Jan 2014)
Milestones
He became the first athlete representing Ukraine in any sport to win five Paralympic gold medals when he won five events at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He lost his vision at age nine after a firework exploded while he was playing with friends. (sportclub-isd.com, 02 Aug 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked in sport development for Sloviansk City Council in Ukraine. (svoi.city, 20 Sep 2019; podrobnosti.ua, 12 Jul 2019)

COMPETITION HOST
In 2018 he relaunched the Believe in Yourself swimming competition for children with impairments in Sloviansk, Ukraine. The event had previously taken place in Donetsk, Ukraine, from 2006 to 2014. (dnews.dn.ua, 01 Feb 2020; podrobnosti.ua, 10 Feb 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in intellectual property law at Donetsk State University of Management in Ukraine. (slavrada.gov.ua, 01 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 49pts Final Round 9999
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 9999
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heats 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heats 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-08-31 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-01 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2012-09-03 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2012-09-03 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 2012-09-06 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-09-07 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-07 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2012-09-08 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2012-09-08 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2015-07-13 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-13 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2015-07-15 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 2015-07-16 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2015-07-18 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2016-09-09 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-12 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-12 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2016-09-13 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2016-09-16 2