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Natalia ISHCHENKO
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Russia   
GenderWomen
Born08 Apr 1986 in Smolensk, URS
Height1.77 m
Weight 56 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Sergey, son Semyon
Residence
Kaliningrad, RUS
Occupation
Politician
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Baltic Federal University: Kaliningrad, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age five in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her mother took her to their local swimming club and gymnastics club. She did not have time for both and chose synchronised swimming.
International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Istanbul, TUR
General Interest
Hobbies
Figure skating, ballet, cinema, books, internet, travelling. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning her first Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and her coaches. (Athlete, 27 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Synchronised Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011 [shared with Svetlana Romashina] and 2012. She was named the FINA Female Synchronised Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2016 [shared with Svetlana Romashina]. (fina.org, 04 Dec 2016; FINA, 04 Jan 2013)

She was named the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Synchronised Swimmer of the Year in four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. (len.eu, 2015)

In recognition of winning two gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was decorated with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [fourth grade] by the president of the Russian Federation. (pravo.gov.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

For winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she received the Order of Friendship from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 02 Aug 2009)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 26 Dec 2016)
Other sports
Her sister Olga has competed in synchronised swimming. Her husband Sergei Anikin won a silver medal in 3m synchronised diving at the 2004 European Championships in Madrid, Spain. (bcn2013.com, 04 Jun 2013; trud.ru, 16 Aug 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2017 she retired from the sport and was appointed interim vice-premier of the regional government in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation. In August 2017 she was appointed minister of sport in Kaliningrad, and is also responsible for the youth policy in the region. (kgd.ru, 05 Apr 2017; vesti-kaliningrad.ru, 24 Aug 2017)

PREGNANCY
She missed the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, because she was pregnant. She returned to training in late 2014. (sport-express.ru, 24 Sep 2014; bcn2013.com, 24 Jul 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team 196.144
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 194.991
1 2012 London, ENG Duet 197.100
1 2012 London, ENG Team 197.030
1 2008 Beijing, CHN Team 99.500
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 97.233
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 98.200
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 95.467
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 98.200
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 98.470
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Free Routine 98.550
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Technical Routine 98.300
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 98.620
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 98.410
1 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Technical Routine 98.667
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 99.167
1 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Free Routine 98.833
1 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Free Routine 98.833
2 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Solo Free Routine 98.500
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Solo Technical Routine 99.000
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 99.000
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 99.000
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine 99.000
2 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Solo 98.250
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Team 99.334
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Free Routine Combination 99.333
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 London, ENG Solo Free Routine 96.400
1 2016 London, ENG Duet Free Routine 96.900
1 2016 London, ENG Duet Technical Routine 95.190
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Solo 97.810
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 97.860
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Duet 98.700
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Solo 98.900
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 99.000
2 2008 Eindhoven, NED Solo 98.300
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Solo 98.400
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Team 98.800
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination 97.900
2 2004 Madrid, ESP Solo 97.800
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 296.334
1 2006 Moscow, RUS Total 295.999