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Sport Artistic Swimming
Born04 Nov 1988 in Moscow, URS
Height1.69 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Husband Grigory Falko, son Semen
Moscow, RUS
Higher education
Coaching - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age five in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her parents took her to the pool so she could learn how to swim.
International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Rome, ITA
General Interest
Sasha (VK profile, 13 Nov 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the team event at the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympic Games. (matchtv.ru, 01 Dec 2021; Athlete, 13 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
In recognition of her achievements at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she received the Order of Alexander Nevsky from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 11 Aug 2021)

In recognition of her gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London she was presented with the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (youthmoscow.mossport.ru, 22 Jul 2021)
Famous relatives
Her husband Grigory Falko is a Russian swimmer who competed at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008 and received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (russwimming.ru, 26 Dec 2014)
Other information
She retired from the sport after competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "[The] Olympics [in Tokyo] was my last one. It is worth putting a beautiful point on that. You need to stop in time." (matchtv.ru, 01 Dec 2021)

In January 2018 she revealed she would be taking a break from international competition. In May of the same year she began working as an assistant to national duets coach Tatiana Danchenko, and then in January 2019 she announced she was pregnant. In October 2019 she returned to the sport. During the COVID-19 lockdown she spent about 300 days at the Ozero Krugloye national team training camp in the Moscow region of the Russian Federation. "If I had known that this would be the case, I don't know if I would have returned to the sport or not. But since I returned, I could not let my family or team down. I will not hide, it was hard for me to experience the separation from my child. And it was even more difficult because we did not know if the Olympics would take place. This takes a lot of moral strength. We know why everything is being done, we live this dream. But I think young athletes should understand the cost of this." (esquire.ru, 22 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 09 Oct 2019; teamrussia.pro, 06 Aug 2018; rsport.ria.ru, 17 Jan 2018)

She graduated with a degree in sports management from Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 18 Mar 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team 196.144
1 2012 London, ENG Team 197.030
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 97.000
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 95.051
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 98.300
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 98.467 
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 95.746 
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 96.600
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 97.060
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 97.400
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 98.300
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 98.470
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 98.620
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team Technical Routine 98.833
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 99.167
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine  
1 2016 London, ENG Team Technical Routine 94.099
1 2016 London, ENG Free Routine Combination 96.500
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 99.000
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2008 Madrid, ESP Total 386.001
1 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 296.334