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Anastasia FESIKOVA
Sport Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderWomen
Born08 May 1990 in Voskresensk, URS
Height1.82 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Sergey Fesikov, son Maxim [2014]
Other names
Anastasia Zueva
Residence
Obninsk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Penza State Pedagogical University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six in Voskresensk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her mother took her to the swimming pool.
Club / Team
Kaluga Regional Olymp Sports School of Olympic Reserve [RUS] / COP YANAO [RUS]:
Name of coach
Natalia Kozlova [personal], RUS, from 2005
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Russia
Location
Palma de Mallorca, ESP
General Interest
Nicknames
Nastya (rsport.ria.ru, 06 Apr 2021)
Hobbies
Spending time with family. (russian.rt.com, 14 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; olympics.com, 09 May 2021)
Injuries
In 2020 she suffered ligament and tendon damage in her shoulder but decided to refrain from surgery in order to compete at the Russian national championships in 2021, where she won a qualifying place for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (rsport.ria.ru, 06 Apr 2021)

While doing a step test in training in early 2013, she broke the fifth metatarsal bone in her right foot which hampered her training and forced her to miss the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (sportbox.ru, 17 Nov 2013; rg.ru, 13 Nov 2013, 26 Feb 2013)

She aggravated an existing back injury at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy and had to withdraw from the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Russian doctors at the time advised she quit the sport but she found a German doctor who altered her training regime and she returned to the pool in time to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (arenainternational.com, 21 Oct 2011; FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 14 Aug 2011; sportcom.ru, 09 Aug 2010; sport-express.ru, 03 Nov 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work comes first. Secondly, I do not like to live with resentment and remember bad things and, thirdly, I am obstinate." (olympics.com, 09 May 2021)
Awards and honours
For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [first grade] of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

In 2009 she received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 27 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Sergey Fesikov has represented the Russian Federation in swimming. He won bronze in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also won gold medals in the men's 4x50m freestyle relay, the men's 4x50m medley relay and the 4x50m mixed medley relay at the 2019 European Short Course Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; ngregion.ru, 28 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (rsport.ria.ru, 05 Apr 2021)
Other information
COMEBACK
In January 2015 she launched a comeback after regaining her fitness following the birth of her first child. She had not competed since winning three gold medals at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; swimvortex.com, 27 Jan 2015)

MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
She and Sergey Fesikov got engaged after they had both competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Fesikov proposed marriage while they were riding the London Eye. He bought tickets for the last ride of the day, at midnight, and proposed once their compartment reached the highest point of its ride. (ng58.ru, 14 Aug 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 1:00.20
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.93
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 59.68
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 2:09.12
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 2:05.92 
4 2012 London, ENG 100m Backstroke 59.00 
4 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.03
4 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:07.88
5 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 59.40
5 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.84
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 28.01
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 1:00.33
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 58.83
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.65
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.38
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 59.66
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.11
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.83
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:11.23
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Backstroke 27.79
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Backstroke 59.06
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.38
4 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Backstroke 27.31
2 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Backstroke 2:04.94
2 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Backstroke 58.18
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Backstroke 28.85
5 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Backstroke 2:13.54
7 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Backstroke 1:01.38
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Backstroke 57.88
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.76
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.73
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 57.67
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 27.01
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.08
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:00.33
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.90
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 27.31
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 59.19
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.22
  2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke DNS
2 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:09.59
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 28.05
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 59.41
2 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:00.47
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Backstroke 26.76
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.75
11 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Backstroke 2:07.95
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Backstroke 26.23
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Backstroke 57.12
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:47.08
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Backstroke 57.83
14 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:12.19
9 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Backstroke 59.78
11 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
6 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.75
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.13
5 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 1:00.67
7 2019 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:13.44
5 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 26.77
2 2011 Moscow, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:07.33
2 2011 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 26.94
3 2011 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 58.07
2 2010 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 27.41
1 2010 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 27.20
2 2008 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 58.93
2 2008 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 27.64
1 2008 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 58.81
3 2008 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 27.62
2 2008 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 59.14
2 2008 Stockholm, SWE 100m Backstroke 58.72
3 2007 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.25
3 2007 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 59.84