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Ilya
Zakharov
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
02 May 1991
Height
177 cm
Weight
70 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Nadezhda, daughter Alisa [2016]
Residence
Saratov, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Management - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven in Saratov, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
His parents took him to a swimming pool because they thought it would be good for his health.
Club / Team
Dynamo [RUS] / Penza School of Supreme Sports Skill [RUS]:
Name of coach
Tatiana Korobko, RUS, from 1998

International Debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Russia

General Interest

Hobbies
Fishing, boxing, volleyball, playing video games. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 3m springboard at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and gold in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his coach. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitry Sautin. (sovsport.ru, 08 Aug 2012)
Injuries
In March 2013 he injured his shoulder at the World Series event in Beijing, People's Republic of China. He was unable to compete for two months. (sport-express.ru, 18 Jun 2013; fina.org, 28 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Male Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (FINA, 04 Jan 2013)

He was decorated with the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in recognition of winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (kremlin.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

In 2011 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 28 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)