Iaroslav Semenenko training in Eindhoven
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Ukraine's Paralympic champion overcomes new hurdles

Ukraine's top Paralympic swimmer, 27-year-old Iaroslav Semenenko, won two gold medals and one silver in the 2014 European Championships recently held in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The swimmer comes from the city of Donetsk, scene of fierce fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.

Training for the event was a challenge since the local swimming pool has been hit by shelling and drained of water.

BBC's Andriy Kravets caught up with the Ukrainian athlete in Eindhoven, where Semenenko was preparing for the competition.

  • 01 Sep 2014
  • From the section Europe
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