Yauhen Tsurkin

Yauhen Mikalaevich Tsurkin (Belarusian: Яўген Мікалаевіч Цуркін; Łacinka: Jaŭhien Mikałajevič Curkin; born 9 November 1990) is a Belarusian swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle and butterfly events.[1][2]

Yauhen Tsurkin
Tsurkin at the 2015 European Short Course Championships in Netanya
Personal information
Full nameYauhen Mikalaevich Tsurkin
Born (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990
Homel, Belarusian SSR
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubTeam Belarus


He won a bronze medal in the 50 m butterfly at the 2012 European Aquatics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, breaking a new Belarusian record time of 23.37 seconds.[3]

Tsurkin qualified for the men's 100 m freestyle, as a member of the Belarusian swimming team, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by attaining a B-standard entry time of 49.62 seconds from the European Championships.[4][5] He challenged seven other swimmers on the fourth heat, including British-born Paraguayan swimmer Benjamin Hockin. Tsurkin edged out sixth-place finisher Gabriel Melconian Alvez of Uruguay by fifteen hundredths of a second (0.15), outside his qualifying entry time of 50.53 seconds. Tsurkin failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed thirty-fourth out of 60 swimmers in the preliminaries.[6]

At the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France, Tsurkin lowered his national record time to 22.73 seconds, but was barely out touched by France's Frédérick Bousquet for the final top seeding in the semifinals of the men's 50 m butterfly.[7]


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  3. "European Long Course Championships: Close Calls, Fast Times On Second Night". Swimming World Magazine. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
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  6. "Men's 100m Freestyle Heat 4". London 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  7. "European Short Course Championships: Hannah Miley, Rikke Møller Pedersen set Euro records on last night of Euro short course champs". Swimming World Magazine. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
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