Full name: Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Sydorenko
Original name: Олександр Олександрович Сидоренко
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: May 27, 1960 in Mariupol, Donetsk, Ukraine
Affiliations: Spartak Zhdanov, Mariupol (UKR)
Country: Soviet Union
Related Olympians: Husband of Olena Kruhlova.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Along with fellow Ukrainian Serhiy Fesenko, Oleksandr Sydorenko was one of the top individual medley swimmers in the world at the end of the 1970s and start of 1980s. During his career Sydorenko won the 1980 Olympic 400 IM gold, World Championships 200 IM gold (1982) and bronze (1978), and a European Championships 200 IM gold (1981) and bronze (1977). He also set one 200 individual medley world record when he clocked 2:05.24 at the 1978 Soviet Championships. Domestically, Sydorenko won 11 Soviet titles, seven in the 200 individual medley (1978-79, 1981-85), two in the medley relay (1982, 1984), one in the 100 backstroke (1979) and one in the 400 IM (1979). After finishing his sporting career, Sydorenko worked as a swimming coach in his native Mariupol, Ukraine. From 1987-97 he was head coach of the Illichivets Mariupol water polo team and in 1997 became their manager. In 1982 he married Olena Kruhlova, who won bronze in the 1980 Olympic medley relay.
Personal Best: 100 m backstroke – 57.56 (1979); 200 m individual medley – 2:02.85 (1982); 400 m individual medley – 4:21.97 (1980).
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