Born on January 23, 1959 in Orsha, Vitebsk.
The two-time Olympic champion. Winner of the Games of the XXII Olympiad 1980 in Moscow in 200 m and in 4×200m freestyle .
The silver medalist of the Games of the XXI Olympiad 1976 in Montreal in 4×200m freestyle and XXII Olympiad 1980 in Moscow in 4×100 m medley relay.
The first swimmer in the world, who covered the distance of 200m faster than in 1,50 min.
Set the Olympic record in 200m freestyle.
Was awarded the title “Merited Master of Sports”, Order of the Red Banner of Labour.