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Alexandra Agafonova

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S2, SB2, SM2

Further personal information

Residence
Volgograd, RUS
Languages
English, Russian, Spanish
Higher education
Journalism - Moscow State University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age nine in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She first began swimming for fitness and health reasons, and did not train under any formal structure. "At the time I was occupied with singing, taking part in concerts and festivals, all my life was filled with music. I didn't have time to go to the swimming pool. But I liked swimming more and more, and some time later I became a member of the Moscow team and won the Russian championship. Training started becoming more regular, and I eventually joined the national team."
Name of coach
Svyatoslav Cholakov [personal], RUS
Training Regime
She trains four to five days per week. Each training day includes two hours in the pool and two hours in the gym.

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Sasha (Instagram profile, 06 May 2020)
Hobbies
Television, journalism, cinema, sports, music, history. (Athlete, 08 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S2 50m backstroke at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 08 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her coach, and her parents. (Athlete, 23 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
US surfer Bethany Hamilton, Norwegian Para swimmer Ingrid Thunem. (Athlete, 23 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 12 Feb 2020; Athlete, 26 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 06 May 2020)
Impairment
Her impairment is caused by arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that affects her upper and lower limbs. (swimlife4.ru, 29 Mar 2020; vlg.aif.ru, 25 Jul 2019)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
She said she was scared of the water at first, but eventually grew to enjoy the experience. "At first the water was scary, but then I got used to it. In the water, many movements are easier for me. It is great to be able to raise my arms, something I cannot do in real life." (bmsi.ru, 01 Jul 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S3 Final Round 2
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 2
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-12 6
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-12 6
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-14 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2013-08-15 10
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-16 9
Women's 50 m Butterfly S3 Final 1 2013-08-18 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Women's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2015-07-19 1