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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
21 January 1989
203 cm
Wife Anastasia, son Maxim [2014]
Obninsk, RUS
English, French, Russian
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Yaroslavl State University: Russia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age six in Obninsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Both his parents played volleyball and he grew up swimming and playing other team sports.
Club / Team
Toronto Titans [CAN] / Olymp Sports School of Olympic Reserve [RUS] / COP YANAO [RUS]:
Name of coach
Alexey Bachin [personal], RUS

International Debut

Competing for
Paris, FRA

General Interest

Reading books, listening to music. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the 100m short course individual medley at the 2009 World Cup in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 08 Apr 2017)
After the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he had foot surgery. He recovered in time to compete at the Russian national short course championships that took place in November 2018. (, 31 Oct 2018)

In late 2016 he suffered an eardrum rupture at training and could not train for three-and-a-half months. The injury hampered his preparation for the Russian championships in April 2017 and he was unable to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 28 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself despite any difficulties, and get pleasure from swimming." (Athlete, 08 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
In November 2013 he took part in the torch relay for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 06 Nov 2014)

For his performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he was decorated with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [second grade] of the Russian Federation. (, 13 Aug 2012)

In 2010 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (, 12 Apr 2019)
Famous relatives
His wife Anastasia Fesikova [nee Zueva] won a silver medal in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. His father Vasily Fesikov was a Soviet Master of Sport in volleyball. (, 19 Aug 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 10 Aug 2019;, 11 Dec 2018)
Other information
He did not compete at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, which he said provided him with a beneficial break from swimming. "I spent summer [in 2019] with my family, completely forgot about swimming and activities related to water. It's not so easy to force yourself to do monotonous work again and again at the age of 30. I just needed to distract myself with something different." (, 10 Nov 2019)

He has followed sports studies at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russian Federation. (, 28 Nov 2017)

After competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he and then-girlfriend Anastasia Fesikova [nee Zueva] rode the London Eye. He bought tickets for the last ride of the day, which took place at midnight. When the couple's compartment reached the top, he asked her to marry him. (, 14 Aug 2012)