The international swimming Federation (FINA) has approved the change of sports citizenship of British swimmer Tatyana Belonogoff to Russian, the press service of the all-Russian swimming Federation reports.
“After reviewing the various documents provided by your Federation, we inform you that FINA has approved the request to change Tatyana Belonogoff’s sports citizenship from British to Russian. Thus, Tatyana Belonogoff has the right to represent Russia at international competitions from September 10, 2020, ” the statement reads.
The swimmer’s mother is a native of Russia, but Belonogoff was born and lives in Britain. The decision of the athlete to get sports citizenship of Russia became known in February.
The most decorated in history. American Phelps bypassed the Soviet legend and rewritten the history of the Olympics
Phelps is a 23-time Olympic champion (13 times in individual distances, 10 times in relays), 26-time world champion in the 50-meter pool, multiple world record holder. Absolute record holder for the number of gold awards (23) and awards in total (28) in the history of the Olympic games, as well as gold awards (26) and awards in total (33) in the history of the world aquatics Championships.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Phelps first broke the record of Soviet gymnast Nikolai Andrianov for Olympic medals among men, and then beat the legend of Soviet gymnastics Larisa Latynina for the total number of Olympic awards — she has 18. Latynina’s achievement lasted 48 years.
The most successful American was in freestyle and butterfly swimming, as well as in complex swimming.
Announced his retirement in 2012 at the age of 27 after the London Olympics, but started competing internationally again in 2014, qualifying for the Rio Olympics, where he won five gold and one silver medal. After the Rio Games, he announced his final retirement from swimming.
8 times (2003, 2004, 2006-2009, 2012, 2016) he was recognized as the best swimmer of the year in the world, being the absolute record holder for this indicator. 50 times became the champion of the USA, 9 times was recognized as the best swimmer of the country.