Yulia Nestsiarenka

Yulia Nestsiarenka

Yulia Nestsiarenka

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Yulia Nestsiarenka, née Bartsevich (; ; born June 15, 1979 in Brest) is a Belarussian sprinter and a gold medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics champion.

Nestsiarenka won the women's 100 metres race at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in 10.93 seconds, becoming the first white and first non-U.S. athlete to win this event since the 1980 Summer Olympics. She ran all four times (two qualification rounds, semifinal and final) under 11 seconds, and became one of the biggest sensations of the Olympic Games in Athens.

After the Olympic games in Athens there was almost a year-long pause. Finally, she came to Helsinki, where at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she reached the final in the 100 meters, though came only 8th (11.13 seconds). But she managed to win a bronze medal in another event, 4x100 metres relay, together with her compatriots Natallia Solohub, Alena Neumiarzhitskaya and Aksana Drahun. At the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg she was sixth in the 100m final and won a bronze medal in 4x100 metres relay.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed second behind Kim Gevaert in a time of 11.40 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 11.14 seconds, finishing only in fourth place of her heat, normally causing elimination. However her time was the fastest losing time and enough...
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