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Zulfiya Gabidullina

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Rufiya [1999]
Residence
Taraz, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para swimming in 1991, at age 26, in Taraz, Kazakhstan, and took up the sport more seriously in 2007.
Why this sport?
She switched from wheelchair racing to swimming. She took up the sport as a means of rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Zhambyl Regional Sports Club for People with Impairments: Taraz, KAZ
Name of coach
Sattar Beysembayev [personal], KAZ, from 2007

General interest

Nicknames
Storm (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing toguz kumalak [a traditional Central Asian board game], needlework, knitting. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S3 100m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Sattar Beysembayev. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani boxer Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakhstani weightlifter Ilya Ilyin. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whoever leaves training last will be first to cross the finish line. 99% work, 1% success." (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named 2018 Best Female Athlete of the Year at the annual People's Favourite Awards in Kazakhstan. (paralympic.org, 25 Jan 2019)

In 2016 she received the Barys Order [second grade] in Kazakhstan. (akorda.kz, 13 Dec 2016)

She received the 2015 Sports Award from the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan in the Overcoming of the Year category. (dknews.kz, 19 Apr 2016)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (kazsports.kz, 20 Dec 2017)
Milestones
She became the first Kazakhstani athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, when she claimed gold in the S3 100m freestyle at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Almir Mukhutdinov has represented the Kazakhstani national men's football team and played in the leagues of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021; the-steppe.com, 02 Oct 2019)
Impairment
In 1971, at age five, she was hit by a motorbike and sustained spinal cord injuries, a concussion and multiple fractures. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021; vlast.kz, 11 Nov 2015)
Other information
POLITICIAN
She has been a member of the political council of the Nur Otan party in Kazakhstan. (taraz.zhambyl.gov.kz, 10 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 2012-09-06 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-14 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2013-08-15 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Intermediate Time 2013-08-16 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-16 2
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 1 2013-08-17 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2015-07-14 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-15 10
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2015-07-15 10
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 2015-07-17 10
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2015-07-18 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2016-09-10 5
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2016-09-10 6
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2016-09-14 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2016-09-17 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2017-12-03 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 1