Alexander POPOV

POPOV Alexander Date of birth

November 16, 1971

Place of birth

Sverdlovsk-45, currently Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk region

Education

Volgograd State Academy of Physical Culture (1994 issue)

Place of employment and position held

  • Member of the Russian national team (since 1991)
  • Member of the International Olympic Committee (Athletes’ Commission)
  • Member of the Supreme Council of the All-Russian Voluntary Society “Sports Russia”
  • Member of the Presidential Council on Physical Culture and Sport
  • Member of the Russian Olympic Committee Executive Board
  • Chairman of the public organization Russian sports society “Locomotive”

Sports titles

  • Honored Master of Sports (1992, Freestyle swimming)
  • Olympic champion (1992, 1996 – 50 m, 100m)
  • Olympic silver medalist (1992, 1996 – 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley relay, 2000 – 100m)
  • World Champion (1994 – 50m, 100m, 1998 – 100m, 2003 – 50m, 100m, 4x100m relay)
  • Silver (1994 – 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley relay, 1998 – 50m, 2003 – 4x100m medley relay) and bronze (1998 – 4x100m relay) medalist of the world championships
  • Short Course World Championship bronze medalist (2002 – 50m, 4x100m)
  • Champion of Europe (1991 – 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley relay, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000 – 50m, 100 m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley relay, 2002 – 4x100m medley relay, 2004 – 50m)
  • Silver (1999 – 100m, 4x100m relay, 2002 – 100m) and bronze (1999 – 50m, 4x100m medley relay) medalist of the European championships
  • Multiple champion of Russia
  • Multiple world and European records holder, multiple World Cup winner, multiple Goodwill Games winner (1994, 1998)
  • Winner of the International Amateur Swimming Federation (FINA) prize for outstanding achievements in swimming (1996)
  • Wrote the autobiographical book “True Swimming” in co-authorship with the Australian correspondent of “L’Equipe” Alan Collet  (2001)

Awards

  • Russia’s Best Athlete (1996)
  • Order For merit to the Fatherland, III degree (1996)
  • Order of Friendship (2002)