Eskender Mustafaiev

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Eskender Mustafaiev
Personal information
Full name Eskender Mustafaiev
Nationality  Russia
Born (1981-07-17)17 July 1981
Club Крымцентр "Инваспорт"

Eskender Mustafaiev (Russian: Эскендер Аметович Мустафаев; born July 17, 1981 in Chinaz, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian swimmer. He competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, winning gold in the 50 metre freestyle S4.


Mustafaiev is from Aqyar/Sevastopil. Ukraine.[1][2] When he as five years old, he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth. He is married and has a daughter with his wife Yulia.[2] He was previously married to Ukrainian Paralympic shooter Olga Mustafaieva.[2] He speaks Russian, and does not speak Ukrainian.[2]


Mustafaiev started swimming in 2008 in Sevastopol, Ukraine as part of a rehabilitation regime for a weak back and hand. While he briefly looked at fencing, he committed to swimming because the issues with his hand made fencing difficult.[2] In 2011, Mustafaiev made his national team debut and was a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the 2011 IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Germany. He competed in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S4.[2][3]

Mustafaiev was one of three Ukrainian athletes competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics from the Crimea region, with the other two including fellow swimmer Dmytro Kryzhanivskyi and shooter Olga Mustafaieva .[4] At the 2012 London, 31-year-old Mustafaiev won gold in the 50 metre freestyle S4 event with a time of 38.26 seconds.[1][5][6][7] He had several other events on his London swimming program including the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle races in London.[1][4] He finished eighth and last in the 50m backstroke final with a time of 52.51 seconds. This time was slower than the heats, where he swam a time of 51.92.[7] Following the 2012 Games, he was awarded the Order of Merit for his sporting achievements.[8][9][10]

In Montreal for the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, Mustafaiev claimed gold in the men’s 50 freestyle S4 with a time of 37.96 seconds.[11][12] He won a silver medal in the men’s 100 freestyle S4, losing to Slovenia's Darko Đurić by half a third of a second with a time of 1:27.56 to Duric's 1:27.27.[13]

In October 2014, Mustafaiev, two other Crimean Paralympic and Deaflympic swimmers and a Crimean Paralympic or Deaflympic coach lost their Ukrainian sports scholarship, awarded by a May 2013 presidential decree, followed the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.[14][15] Around this time, he also formally switched his nationality, and now represents Russia in international competitions.[2]

Mustafaiev had to miss the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships, and was unable to defend his world championship title.[16] In 2015, he represented Russia at the IPC World Championships where he won a bronze in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points. He failed to make it out of the heats in the 100m Freestyle S4 and the 50m Backstroke S4 events.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Eskender Mustafaiev wins Paralympic gold". QHA. 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "MUSTAFAEV Eskender". International Paralympic Committee. 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Aim to Close Gap on Ukraine". IPC Press. 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Crimean athletes to vie for Paralympic gold". QHA. 29 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "El ciclista Alfonso Cabello da el primer oro a España". El Imparcial (in Spanish). 31 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "ucraniano Eskender Mustafaiev (d) felicitado por frances David Smetanine tras ganar 50 metros libres EFE". El Universo (in Spanish). 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Event Results London Paralympics". My Swim Results. 2012. 
  8. ^ Сергея Аллахвердяна (18 September 2012). "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАИНЫ № 546/2012 О награждении государственными наградами Украины". Паралимпийский спорт в Украине (in Ukrainian). 
  9. ^ Указ Президента України № 546/2012 від 17 вересня 2012 року «Про відзначення державними нагородами України»
  10. ^ Паралимпийцы из Крыма удостоены орденов княгини Ольги
  12. ^ Gary Anderson (13 August 2013). "Banned swimmer Arlen accuses IPC of "humiliating and targeting her" after ban". 
  13. ^ "Benoit Huot Gets Local Crowd Excited With 200 IM Win at IPC Worlds". Swimming World. August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Порошенко позбавив стипендій чемпіонів-паралімпійців, які втекли до Росії". Високий Замок Online (in Ukrainian). 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Про позбавлення стипендій Президента України для видатних спортсменів із паралімпійських і дефлімпійських [...] Президент України;". Президент України (in Ukrainian). 14 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Eindhoven 2014: What to watch on day two". International Paralympic Committee. 6 August 2014.