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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
08 May 1990
182 cm
71 kg
Marital status
Husband Sergey Fesikov, son Maxim
Other names
Anastasia Zueva
Penza, RUS
Higher education
Physical Education - Penza State Pedagogical University: Russia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six in Voskresensk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her mother brought her to the swimming pool.
Club / Team
Dynamo: St. Petersburg, RUS
Name of coach
Natalia Kozlova [personal], RUS, from 2005

International Debut

Competing for
Palma de Mallorca, ESP

General Interest

Nastya (, 21 Jul 2015)
Spending time with her family, shopping, going to movies. (, 21 Jul 2015;, 20 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2016)
Her training in early 2013 was hampered by an injury she suffered after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Doing a step test in training, she broke the fifth metatarsal bone in her right foot. As a result, she missed the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (, 26 Feb 2013;, 13 Nov 2013;, 17 Nov 2013)

Her career has been hampered by trouble with her back. She aggravated an existing back injury at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy and had to withdraw from the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, due to the same problem, with Russian doctors at the time advising she should quit the sport. Under the supervision of a German doctor she altered her training regime and returned to the pool in time to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China. (, 09 Aug 2010;, 03 Nov 2010;, 21 Oct 2011; FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 14 Aug 2011)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russian Federation. (, 26 Dec 2016)

For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was decorated with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [first grade] of the Russian Federation. (, 13 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Sergey Fesikov is a Russian swimmer and won a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 19 Aug 2013)
To compete at the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2017)
Other information
In January 2015 she launched a comeback after regaining her fitness after the birth of her first child. She had not competed since the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 27 Jan 2015)

When she first started swimming there were doubts about whether she had the correct physique or technique to be a swimmer. Natalia Kozlova, her coach, said she initially was not impressed. "Nastya was a stoutish girl and didn't look like a swimmer at all. And her swimming technique looked awkward. But when she jumped into the pool I was stunned how excitedly she battled, trying not to lose to any of her rivals. And when I saw how radiant her eyes were I understood. It's worth working with this girl." (, 17 Jul 2012)

She and Sergey Fesikov got engaged following their competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where Fesikov proposed marriage while they were riding the London Eye. She says Fesikov seemed rushed as he bought tickets for the last ride of the day, at midnight, and proposed once their compartment reached the highest point of its ride. (, 14 Aug 2012)