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Aliaksandra
Herasimenia
BelarusBelarus, BLR
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 December 1985
Height
174 cm
Weight
58 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Yauhen Tsurkin
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Belarusian, Russian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 1996.
Why this sport?
Her classmate invited her to go to the swimming pool.
Club / Team
Aquatics Republican Centre of Olympic Preparation: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Elena Klimova [personal], BLR
Training Regime
She has up to 11 training sessions per week.

General Interest

Nicknames
Golden Fish (grodnonews.by, 22 Jan 2017)
Hobbies
Reading. (naviny.by, 18 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
In September 2017 she was awarded the Honorary Medal of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. (noc.by, 26 Sep 2017)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus. (blrswimming.by, 15 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father Viktor represented the Soviet Union in athletics and her mother Oksana is a sports master in modern pentathlon and a swimming coach. Her husband Yauhen Tsurkin competed in swimming for Belarus at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ctv.by, 21 Oct 2016; nn.by, 26 Jul 2016; zn.by, 22 Sep 2011)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (naviny.by, 18 Jan 2017)
Other information
SWIMMING CLUB
In October 2015 she opened the Aliaksandra Herasimenia Swimming Club in Minsk, Belarus, to let children learn how to swim, and in 2017 began travelling around the country giving free master classes. (knews.by, 30 Jan 2017; gp.by, 05 Jan 2017)

DEAD HEAT
She and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen finished in a dead heat for first in the final of the 100m freestyle at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. The result was only the third time a title had been shared at a world championships. (tensport.com.au, 29 Jul 2011)

SANCTION
She served a two-year suspension between 2003 and 2005 after testing positive to the steroid norandrosterone. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 29 Jul 2011)