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Sona BERNARDOVÁ
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Czech Republic   
GenderWomen
Born02 Feb 1976 in Brno, TCH
Height1.67 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brno, CZE
Languages
Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Higher education
Law - Masaryk University: Brno, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1982.
Why this sport?
Her mother was a Czech national record holder in swimming, but signed up Bernardova for artistic swimming so she would not have to just swim laps of the pool.
General Interest
Nicknames
Sonys, Sonika ( idnes.cz, 10 Mar 2016)
Hero / Idol
Spanish artistic swimmer Gemma Mengual, French artistic swimmer Virginie Dedieu. (NOC, 23 Jul 2012; Synchro Czech, 01 Nov 2004)
Injuries
In early 2015 she suffered a broken hand. (plaveckyblog.cz, 27 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable willpower, salvation will not be denied us." [Winston Churchill] (NOC, 23 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
She and partner Alzbeta Dufkova were named the 2016 Czech Synchronised Swimmers of the Year. (ceskatelevize.cz, 18 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her mother was a Czech national record holder in swimming. (Synchro Czech, 01 Nov 2004)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive artistic swimming in 2017. (brnensky.denik.cz, 17 Jan 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 160.597
Preliminary round 2012 London, ENG Duet 171.840
Preliminary Round 2008 Beijing, CHN Duet 85.250
Preliminary Round 2004 Athens, GRE Duet 88.084
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 77.828
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 80.038
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 80.643
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 82.400
12 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 83.690
11 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 85.200
Preliminary round 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 83.100
11 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 84.600
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 85.500
12 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Free Routine 85.230
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 86.480
9 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Technical Routine 88.667
11 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Free Routine 87.833
Preliminary Round 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Technical Routine 87.167
13 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Free Routine 86.834
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Solo Free Routine 87.500
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Solo Technical Routine 87.333
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Technical Routine 86.500
Preliminary Round 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Free Routine 88.333
Preliminary Round 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Solo 89.250
Preliminary Round 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Duet 87.501
Preliminary Round 2003 Barcelona, ESP Solo 84.084
Preliminary Round 2003 Barcelona, ESP Duet 84.500
Preliminary Round 2001 Fukuoka, JPN Solo 87.470
16 1998 Perth, WA, AUS Duet 87.663
16 1994 Rome, ITA Duet 168.280
15 1994 Rome, ITA Team 165.179
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2016 London, ENG Duet Technical Routine 81.584
7 2016 London, ENG Duet Free Routine 82.133
8 2014 Berlin, GER Solo 165.727 
7 2014 Berlin, GER Duet 162.456 
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 84.880
8 2010 Budapest, HUN Duet 86.600
7 2010 Budapest, HUN Solo 86.400
7 2008 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 86.300 
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED Team 85.200 
10 2008 Eindhoven, NED Duet 86.300
8 2006 Budapest, HUN Solo 87.500
6 2006 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination 86.700
8 2006 Budapest, HUN Duet 86.900
10 2004 Madrid, ESP Solo 88.600
9 2004 Madrid, ESP Duet 89.200
9 2002 Berlin, GER Team 87.500
9 2002 Berlin, GER Duet 89.100
9 2000 Helsinki, FIN Duet 89.480
8 2000 Helsinki, FIN Team 89.280