Anastasia Valeryevna Zuyeva

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Anastasia Zueva
Anastasia Valeryevna Zuyeva.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Born (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 25)
Voskresensk, Russia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)[1]
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Armi Russia

Anastasia Valeryevna Zuyeva, also spelled "Zueva" (Russian: Анастасия Валерьевна Зуева; born 8 May 1990), 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] and the 2012 Olympics. At the 2012 Games, she won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke.

In 2009, she swam under the existing world record 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.[3]

Almost WRs in April 2009[edit]

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 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.[4][5] However, on 29 June 2009, FINA announced they were not recognizing either of these two swims by Zueva as the world record.[6] 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.[7] 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. 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.[3]


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.

Olympic Results[edit]


  1. ^ a b Anastsia Zueva's profile at the Olympic Games 2012 official site
  2. ^ Zueva's bio/results page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ a b Anastasia Zueva Likely Loses Another World Record, Swimming World Magazine online; published 2009-06-24, retrieved 2009-07-13.
  4. ^ Russians take world records from Australians, The Sydney Morning Herald; published 2009-04-29, retrieved 2009-07-13.
  5. ^ Records fall at Russian meet, ESPN online; published 2009-04-28, retrieved 2009-07-13.
  6. ^ PR 49 - FINA approval of World Records (the 49th press release of 2009 made by FINA); published 2009-06-29, retrieved 2009-07-13.
  7. ^ Women's 50 back results from the 2009 Monte Carlo International; published 2009-06-14, retrieved 2009-07-13.
  8. ^ "Results--2008 European Championships: 100-Back-W" (PDF). LEN. Retrieved 2008-03-31. [dead link]
  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 2009-07-13.
Preceded by
Zimbabwe Kirsty Coventry
Women's 100 metre backstroke
world record holder (long course)

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