Nestsiarenka on a 2004 Belarusian stamp
|Born||15 June 1979|
Brest, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb; 9 st 6 lb)|
Yuliya Nesterenko : Юлія Несцярэнка, Julija Nieściarenka; Russian : Юлия Нестеренко, Yuliya Nesterenko; born 15 June 1979) is a Belarusian sprinter.(alt. spelling: Yulia Nestsiarenka, née Bartsevich (Belarusian
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Nesterenko won the women's 100 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in 10.93 seconds, becoming the first non-black and first non-U.S. athlete to win the event since the 1980 Summer Olympics. She ran all four times (two qualification rounds, semifinal and final) under 11 seconds.
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At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Nesterenko competed in the 100m again. In her first round heat she came 2nd behind Kim Gevaert in a time of 11.40 to advance to the second round. There she improved down to 11.14 seconds, but finished 4th, normally causing elimination, however hers was the fastest losing time and enough to qualify for the semifinals. She came close to reaching the final to defend her title with a time of 11.26, 5th place, while the first four athletes qualified for the final.Together with Aksana Drahun, Nastassia Shuliak and Anna Bagdanovich she took part in the 4 × 100m relay. In their first round heat they placed 6th with a time of 43.69 seconds, which was the 9th overall out of 16 countries. With this result they failed to qualify for the final.
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