Inna Cherniak

Inna Mikolaevna Cherniak (Ukrainian: Інна Миколаївна Черняк, born 26 March 1988) is a Ukrainian judo and sambo practitioner.

Inna Cherniak
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Cherniak at the 2016 Paralympics
Personal information
Born26 March 1988 (1988-03-26) (age 33)
Zaporizhia, Ukraine[1]
SportJudo, sambo
Medal record
Representing  Ukraine
Judo (visually impaired)
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro -57 kg
IBSA World Championships and Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Colorado -57 kg
Silver medal – second place 2015 Seoul -57 kg
European Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Baku -57 kg
IBSA European Judo Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Eger -57 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Odivelas -57 kg
Summer Universiade
Silver medal – second place 2013 Kazan -52 kg


Despite being visually impaired from birth she competes both against sighted and visually impaired people.[2] Her twin sister Maryna is not visually impaired and takes part in regular judo tournaments.[3] To avoid competing against each other the sisters often split the events. For example, at the 2013 World Championships, Inna competed in the 52 kg and Maryna in the 48 kg division. At the 2013 Universiade, both sisters won medals in the 52 kg category, but Inna in sambo[2] and Maryna in judo. In 2016, Inna won a gold medal in judo at the 2016 Summer Paralympics,[4] while Maryna was eliminated in her second bout at the 2016 Summer Olympics.