Krystsina Tsimanouskaya

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Krystsina Tsimanouskaya
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya 2019 Summer Universiade, brightened (cropped).jpg
Tsimanouskaya at the 2019 Summer Universiade
Personal information
Born (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 24)
Klimavichy, Belarus
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)100 m, 200 m
ClubBFST Dynamo

Krystsina Siarheyeuna Tsimanouskaya or Kristina Sergeyevna Timanovskaya (Belarusian: Крысціна Сяргееўна Ціманоўская, Łacinka: Kryscina Siarhiejeŭna Cimanoŭskaja, Belarusian pronunciation: [t͡simanˈɔwskaː]; Russian: Кристина Сергеевна Тимановская, Russian pronunciation: [tɪmənˈofskəː]; born on November 19, 1996) is a Belarusian sprinter.[1] She won a silver medal in the 100 metres at the 2017 European U23 Championships, a gold medal in the 200 metres at the 2019 Summer Universiade and a silver medal in the team event at the 2019 European Games.[2]

2020 Olympics[change | change source]

Tsimanouskaya was about to be part of the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 100 m and 200 m events. Belarus and the country's Olympic committee forced her to run in the 4 × 400 m relay race, even though she did not want to.[3] Belarusian sports representatives just did not make enough doping tests for other 4 × 400 m relay race sprinters.[3] But Tsimanouskaya has never run in this event as a sprinter.[3]

On July 30, 2021, during the Games, she took it to her Instagram and said bad things about the Belarus Olympic Committee.[3] On August 1, 2021, she was taken to Haneda Airport by the representatives of the Belarusian Olympic team against her will.[3] She was forced into taking a flight in Belarus.[3] She was afraid to come back home and did not want to go to Belarus.[3] She contacted Japanese police in Haneda Airport.[3] Japanese police offered her protection.[3] Then she asked for asylum in Poland.[3] Its embassy in Japan took her in on August 2, 2021.[4]

International events[change | change source]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Belarus
2015 European Junior Championships Eskilstuna, Sweden 6th 100 m 11.85
17th (h) 200 m 24.51
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 12th (sf) 60 m 7.39
European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 100 m 11.54
4th 200 m 23.32
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 31st (h) 60 m 7.37
European Championships Berlin, Germany 13th (sf) 100 m 11.34
10th (sf) 200 m 23.03
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 7th 60 m 7.26
Universiade Naples, Italy 6th 100 m 11.44
1st 200 m 23.00
World Championships Doha, Qatar 26th (h) 200 m 23.22
European Games Minsk, Belarus 2nd team TBC
2021 European Indoor Championships Toruń, Poland 60 m DQ
2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan 38th (h) 100 m 11.47
200 m DNC

Personal bests[change | change source]

Outdoor

Indoor

Personal life[change | change source]

She is married to sprinter Arseniy Zdanevich.[5] He was afraid of getting in trouble over his wife's words and went to Ukraine in August 2021.[5] Krystsina Tsimanouskaya's parents told Krystsina Tsimanouskaya not to return to Belarus. There was information that Belarusian police locked in on them and Krystsina Tsimanouskaya's grandmother.[4] A Financial Times interview claims she officially worked for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Belarus with the rank of Lieutenant.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya at World Athletics
  2. "Team results" (PDF). 2019 European Games. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Brunner, Simone (2 August 2021). "Von der Sprinterin zur Staatsfeindin" (in German). Die Zeit. Archived from the original on 3 August 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roth, Andrew (2 August 2021). "Belarus sprinter faces long exile in Poland after seeking refuge". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Roth, Andrew (2 August 2021). "Belarus athlete who refused to fly home is granted Polish visa". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  6. Miecznicka, Magdalena (20 August 2021). "Olympic defector Krystsina Tsimanouskaya: 'Eventually, we will win'". Financial Times. Warsaw. Retrieved 29 August 2021.

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