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ZAYNULLINA Marta
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Neutral Paralympic Athletes   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthNizhnekamsk, URS
Height1.67 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Zainullina Ayla
Residence
Kazan, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Socioeconomics - Tatar State Humanitarian Pedagogical University: Kazan, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para cross-country skiing at age 18 in Kazan, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to train seriously by Russian Para cross-country skier Irina Polyakova, who became her coach. In 2010 she was invited to join the Russian national team.
Club / Team
Kazan Centre of Sports Preparation: Russia
Name of coach
Vladimir Malinsky [personal], RUS, from 2014
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Finland
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, cooking, spending time with her daughter. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018, 14 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 1km sprint - sitting at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second grade] in Russian Federation, in recognition of her performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russian Federation. (rezeptsport.ru, 25 Mar 2014)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Impairment
At age 14 doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in her hip, which eventually led to the amputation of her leg above the knee. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; vibor-kazan.ru, 07 Mar 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 19:50.1
6 2014 10km Middle - Sitting 36:22.4
4 2014 12.5km Individual - Sitting 42:07.4
7 2018 6km Sprint - Sitting 23:12.0
2 2018 10km Middle - Sitting 43:52.1
6 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 49:39.6
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:46.6
4 2014 5km - Sitting 17:21.6
4 2018 12km - Sitting 39:09.0
3 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:10.4
3 2018 5km - Sitting 17:25.4
6 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 26:06.8
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 13:53.5
5 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 26:15.1
4 2010/2011 10km Individual - Sitting 41:02.9
3 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:13.2
5 2012/2013 10km Middle - Sitting 39:34.5
2 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Sitting 44:45.1
2 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:45.7
3 2014/2015 10km Middle - Sitting 39:11.5
1 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Sitting 45:31.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 15:14.3
9 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
8 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
  2012/2013 10km - Sitting  DNS
4 2012/2013 5km - Sitting 15:07.9
2 2014/2015 12km - Sitting 40:21.7
4 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
5 2014/2015 5km - Sitting 16:28.9