Anastasia Fesikova

Anastasia Valeryevna Fesikova (Russian: Анастасия Валерьевна Фесикова; born 8 May 1990), née Anastasia Zuyeva, is a Russian swimmer who holds the Russian national records for the 50, 100 and 200 metres backstroke events. She swam for Russia at the 2008 Olympics[2], the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Olympics. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke.

Anastasia Zueva
Personal information
Full nameAnastasia Valeryevna Fesikova
National team Russia
Born (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990
Voskresensk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[1]
ClubPenza school of Olympic reserve
CoachNatalia Kozlova


At age 5, Zueva was brought her mother, Valentina Ivanovna, to the pool. She and her family later moved from Moscow to Penza. She trains in Penza school of Olympic reserve. Her hobbies include hiking and sailing.

Zueva made her debut in the national team of Russia at the 2006 European Championships in Mallorca, Spain. Zueva competed at the 2007 World Championships taking 7th place in 100 m backstroke, 5th place 4x100 meters medley relay. At the 2008 European Championships in Eindhoven, she won gold in 50 m and 100 m backstroke, silver in the 200m backstroke, and silver in the 4 x 100 meters medley relay. Zueva aggravated an old back injury and she was forced to miss the beginning of the 2009 season.

On 28 April 2009 at the 2009 Russian Championships, Zueva twice swam under the existing world record in the women's long-course 50 m backstroke of 27.67 (held by Australia's Sophie Edington). In prelims of the meet, Zueva clocked a 27.48 to lead qualifying for the final, where she won the event in 27.47.[3][4] However, on 29 June 2009, FINA announced they were not recognizing either of these two swims by Zueva as the world record.[5] This subsequently became problematic, as Zueva swam a 27.56 at the Monte Carlo meet of the 2009 Mare Nostrum series on 14 June 2009.[6] This time by Zueva was not viewed as a world record at the time of the meet, as it is slower than either time she swam in April at the Russian Championships; however, the time is still faster than Edington's world record time. She swam under the existing world record in 2009 in the women's long-course 50 m backstroke 3 times; however, two of these 3 times have not been approved as the world record, and the third, as of July 2009, is a likely candidate to not be approved as well.[7]

Zueva's time from Monaco now becomes the next candidate for the world record, but reports indicate that this time will also not be approved as the world record as Zueva was not drug tested at the time of the swim because she did not break what was thought to be the world record (and all world record applications must have a cleared drug-test for approval). Zueva also lost-out on a world record prize money bonus from the meet organizers.[7]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Zueva won a silver medal in 200 m backstroke behind American Missy Franklin.


In March 2008, she set the European records in winning the 50 m and 100 m backstrokes (28.05 and 59.41) at the 2008 European Championships.[8]

At the 2008 Olympics, she set and held the Olympic record in the women's 100 m backstroke (59.61) for a heat during the preliminary rounds of the event.[9] At the 2012 Olympics, she won her first medal, a silver in the 200 m backstroke.

Personal life

In August 2013, Zueva married fellow Russian swimmer Sergey Fesikov and gave birth to her first child in 2014. Anastasia (now Fesikova) returned to international competition in 2015 for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Olympic results

See also


  1. Anastsia Zueva's profile at the Olympic Games 2012 official site Archived 5 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Zueva's bio/results page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 27 July 2009.
  3. Russians take world records from Australians, The Sydney Morning Herald; published 2009-04-29, retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. Records fall at Russian meet, ESPN online; published 2009-04-28, retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. PR 49 - FINA approval of World Records (the 49th press release of 2009 made by FINA); published 2009-06-29, retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. Women's 50 back results Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine from the 2009 Monte Carlo International; published 2009-06-14, retrieved 13 July 2009.
  7. Anastasia Zueva Likely Loses Another World Record Archived 7 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Swimming World Magazine online; published 2009-06-24, retrieved 13 July 2009.
  8. "Results--2008 European Championships: 100-Back-W" (PDF). LEN. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  9. Anastasia Zueva of Russia set a new record at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and was qualified for the final event,; published 2008-08-11, retrieved 13 July 2009.
Preceded by
Kirsty Coventry
Women's 100 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)

27 July 2009 – 28 July 2009
Succeeded by
Gemma Spofforth
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sophie Edington
Mare Nostrum Tour Overall Winner
Succeeded by
Rebecca Soni
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