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Ruslan Zakharov

Russia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSRUS12403198701
NOCRussia
Born24 Mar 1987 in  Gorky
GenderMen
FamilyWife Sitora, sons Artur [2016] and David [2019]
ResidenceKrasnogorsk, RUS
OccupationArmed Forces Athlete
LanguagesEnglish, Russian
Higher educationEconomics, Philosophy - Bashkir State University: Ufa, RUS
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.85 16 Jan 2021 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:46.49 22 Oct 2021 Kolomna  
    5000m 6:14.06 13 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    10000m 12:59.83 14 Feb 2021 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps     2  
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    Mass Start 16 Laps     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/zakharovruslan87  
twitter.com/zakharovruslan  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I have had the idea of trying long track [skating] for a long time. When I was named a reserve for the national short track team after the [2016/17] season, I realised the time had come. I needed to change something."  
Club / TeamCentral Army Sports Club [CSKA]: Russia  
Name of coachViktor Sivkov, RUS; Valery Muratov, RUS  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up short track in 1996 in Ufa, Russian Federation. He switched to speed skating in June 2017 in Moscow, Russian Federation.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolRussian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Patience and hard work will grind it all." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in short track in the 5000m relay at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2021)  
Most influential person in careerHis first coach Albert Timerbulatov. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)  
InjuriesShortly after the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi he sustained an Achilles tendon injury when he fell during a training session. (khl.ru, 02 Aug 2020; Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)  
Other sportsHe has represented the Russian Federation in short track, winning gold in the 5000m relay at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He made his World Cup debut in speed skating during the 2017/18 season. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Nov 2017)  
Famous relativesHis younger brother Timur Zakharov has represented the Russian Federation in short track and speed skating. Competing in short track, he finished on top of the podium in the 5000m relay at the 2016 World Cup event in Dresden, Germany. (khl.ru, 02 Aug 2020; championat.com, 07 Feb 2017; infosport.ru, 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jan 2021)  
Awards and honoursHe was presented the Order of Friendship by the president of the Russian Federation in recognition of his performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (kremlin.ru, 24 Feb 2014)

At the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he took the Olympic oath on behalf of all the athletes at the Games. (ONS, 07 Feb 2014)

In 2011 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (infosport.ru, 2017)
 
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2021)  
Other informationFURTHER EDUCATION
He received a master's degree in coaching from Smolensk State University of Sport in the Russian Federation. (khl.ru, 02 Aug 2020; Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 10000m5  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 5000m9  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps10  
    2020/2021 European Allround Championships Allround13  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps15  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround17  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps22  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Mass Start2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps10  
    2020/2021 World Cup 5000m10  
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps14  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m17  
    2019/2020 World Cup 5000/10000m17  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps23  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m38