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Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
02 October 1991
Krasnodar, RUS
English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Physical Education - Ural State Pedagogical University: Yekaterinburg, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five in Novouralsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to do sports because he was a lively and energetic child. He combined swimming with playing ice hockey until his parents encouraged him to focus on swimming.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Russia
Name of coach
Sergey Izotov [father], RUS

General Interest

Travel, spending time with family, listening to music. (Athlete, 05 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents and his relatives. (Athlete, 05 Apr 2020)
He injured a shoulder in 2014 that ruled him out of the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (, 27 Oct 2014)

In September 2013 he had nasal surgery to improve his breathing. He returned to training a week later. (, 22 Sep 2013)

He had shoulder surgery in August 2012 and returned to training in January 2013. (, 21 Jan 2013;, 11 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Titles are not bought and sold." (, 11 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
For his performances at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, he was given the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second and first grades] of the Russian Federation. (, 15 Aug 2012;, 02 Aug 2009)

In 2008 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (, 27 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His aunt Elvira Vasilkova won silver and bronze in swimming at the 1980 Olympic Games. His uncle Aleksandr Buchenkov, Vasilkova's husband, competed in swimming at the 1980 Olympic Games. (, 13 Jul 2011;, 15 Jan 2013)
To win gold at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 05 Apr 2020)
Other information
He could not compete at the 2019 Russian Championships due to health issues, which meant he was not able to qualify for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (, 11 Apr 2019)