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Kazakhstan’s Para Youth Swimming Championship wrap up

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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