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SAKHANENKA Sviatlana
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Belarus   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthNavapolatsk, URS
Height1.63 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Raman Yashchanka
Further Personal Information
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Tourism - Belarusian State Economic University: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age 11, and took up Para sport in 2009.
Why this sport?
She enrolled in a skiing club at her school. "I just liked this sport and skiing down the mountains."
Club / Team
Dynamo: Belarus
Name of coach
Inna Kozlova [personal], BLR, from 1999; Mikhail Lebedzev [personal], BLR, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Belarus
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, travel, mountain climbing. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in Para cross-country skiing [5km freestyle vision impaired] at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and coach Inna Kozlova. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018, 20 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Belarusian rower Ekaterina Karsten. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The winner takes it all." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon at international level. (db.ipc-services.org, 19 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win medals at the Paralympic Winter Games, and to win the overall World Cup title. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 20:40.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 49:41.5
1 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:29.9
1 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 22:32.8
5 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:51.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
3 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:12.3
2 2016/2017 5km - Visually Impaired 21:05.9