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BelarusBelarus, BLR


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 December 1985
Husband Yauhen Tsurkin, daughter Sofia [2018]
Minsk, BLR
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
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
AG Swim Club: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Elena Klimova [personal], BLR

General Interest

Golden Fish (, 22 Jan 2017)
Reading. (, 18 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Elena Klimova. (, 16 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whatever you do, you need to do everything with pleasure in order to feel well. I do what I love. It is my hobby, my work, and my life. I've managed to combine it all." (, 04 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In September 2017 she received the Honorary Medal of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus. (, 26 Sep 2017)

For her achievements at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, she received the Order of Fatherland [third grade] and the Order of Honour in Belarus. (, 05 Aug 2012;, 13 Dec 2016)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus. (, 25 Nov 2018)
Famous relatives
Her father Viktor represented the Soviet Union in athletics and her mother Oksana is a sports master in modern pentathlon. Her husband Yauhen Tsurkin competed in swimming for Belarus at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 25 Nov 2018;, 26 Jul 2016;, 22 Sep 2011)
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 16 Jul 2018)
Other information
In early 2018 she took a break from competitive swimming as she was pregnant. (, 16 Jul 2018)

In October 2015 she opened the Aliaksandra Herasimenia Swimming Club in Minsk, Belarus. (, 16 Jul 2018;, 30 Jan 2017)

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. (, 29 Jul 2011)

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