Kazakhstan’s Para Youth Swimming Championship wrapped up yesterday. The competition, open to swimmers with physical disabilities and vision impairments, included 70 swimmers from across the country including Almaty, Akmola, Zhambyl, Pavlodar, Karaganda, South Kazakhstan Region and Astana.
30 medals were awarded at the competition, with Karaganda and South Kazakhstan Region leading in the regional medal count race. Individually, Sergei Samoilov tied for biggest medal haul, claiming three gold medals. The vision impaired swimmer won the 100m and 400m freestyle events and the 100m backstroke. Fellow vision impaired swimmer Taraz Eldos Ilyaso tied this performance, with golds in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Bauyrzhan Kabakov, Roman Shander, Vladislav Tomasevich and Anastasia Ogneva also won medals.
The country has had little success in the sport at the Paralympic level. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, neither of the two swimmers on the team, Anuar Akhmetov and Zulfiya Gabidullina, qualified out of the heats.