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Kenessary KENENBAYEV
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Kazakhstan   
GenderMen
Born07 Nov 1995 in Qaskeleng, KAZ
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Almaty, KAZ
Languages
English, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Turkish
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism: Almaty, KAZ
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16.
Why this sport?
He competed in judo for 10 years. A shoulder injury forced him to quit the sport and he switched to swimming to help rehabilitate the injury.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Almaty, KAZ
Name of coach
Igor Zemlyansky [personal], KAZ, from 2012; Alexander Smoleyev [personal], KAZ, from 2012
General Interest
Nicknames
Kenya (matritca.kz, 03 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Reading books, watching films and documentaries, skiing, snowboarding, skating. (Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the world championships in 2015 and 2017. (Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Vladimir Salnikov, US swimmer Michael Phelps, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (matritca.kz, 03 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kazakhstan. (toppress.kz, 01 Jun 2020; Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He competed in swimming at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Sep 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the world championships. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2022)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has served as a sergeant in the National Guard of the Republic of Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)

FURTHER STUDIES
He has studied for master's degrees in international affairs at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and in law at the Eurasian Academy of Law in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 21 Feb 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
59 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 1:04:41.7
25 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:49:57.5
56 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:05:14.0
18 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 1:00:59.3
38 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 59:47.0
61 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 2:05:43.6
20 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 1:02:12.7
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 1500m Freestyle 17:08.44
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2019 Doha, QAT 10km  OTL
30 2018   10km  
68 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:12:13.2
57 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:05:53.10
22 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:09:29.80
65 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:04:01.1
  2018 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km  DNS
39 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:23:10.40
49 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:14:47.49
76 2017   10km  
60 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:39.4
69 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:01:09.80
37 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:16:10.7
56 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:57:54.22
34 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:09:04.6
41 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:12:36.1
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Chonburi, THA 5km 59:34
  2017 Putrajaya, MAS 5km 1:04:53.6 OOR
  2017 Putrajaya, MAS 10km 2:18:34.6 OOR