National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Julia Nesterenko (Borzevich)

Julia Nesterenko was born on June 15, 1979 in Brest.
She is a Master of Sport.
Olympic Champion of the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) in 2004 in 100 m sprint.
Bronze Medalist of the World Championship in 2004 (60 m, indoors).
Awarded with the Order of Fatherland of Third Degree.
Julia’s first coach – Sergej Salyamanovich.

Mobility and restlessness were characteristic of Julia Nesterenko since the early childhood. Furthermore, in the seventh form she performed the program of the candidate for the Master of Sport. Active Julia took part in all competitions held in school.

Later Julia entered college for Olympic Reserve in Minsk. After finishing it, she studied at the University of Brest.

She never created illusions about easy triumph. At Europe-2002 Championship in Munich Julia was only the ninth.

Soon I came to my coach Mr. Victor Yaroshevich and said that I want to increase load, - Julia said. - I realized that I still had strength and needed special program. Julia was persistent and demanded on searching new methods for her trainings.

And Victor Yaroshevich gave her an opportunity to train at both races – 100 and 200 m. On the eve of the World Championship-2004 indoors in Budapest Julia started to train separately.

In Budapest she surprised spectators: Julia won bronze medal at the 60 m race with the result 7,13 despite of the fact that she had a cold and high temperature. She was outrun by Fourfold Olympic Champion Gejl Divers (7,09) and Vice-Champion of Europe Kim Gevar from Belgium (7,12).

- I was really happy. I got faith in myself. Up to that moment I thought that I had been weak. I realized that I could compete even at the Olympic Games. – Julia said.

The summer before the Olympic Games she started with confidence to lead in competitions. Firstly, she set up a record in 100-meter sprint (11,02) and then won Grand Prize with 11,32. In Rome at the stage of the “Gold League of IAAF” she finished with the result 11,13. A month before the Olympiad she took the 1st place in Greece (11,06).

It was hard to call her a dark horse candidate, as she was the 4th in the world top-list and could pretend to the final of the Olympiad in Athens. But still her chances weren’t optimistic. The results of the Bulgarian Ivet Lalova (10,77) were much better. Although the situation in women’s sprint had changed when Merion Dzhons, Ekaterina Tanu and Kelly Wait absented at the Olympiad.

The 1st race Nesterenko won with the result 10,94. She outran the legend of sprint - Merlin Otty (11,14). In the quarterfinal Julia finished as well (10,99). Then she left behind Veronika Kampbell from Jamaica and set up a record in the semifinal (10,92). At this stage she was inferior to Ivet Lalova from Bulgaria. At the same time such celebrities as Cristian Aron, Gejl Divers and Zhanna Blok lost the opportunity to be Julia’s contender for a medal.

At the final race Julia was left behind but then she came up to the top three – Williams, Kampbell and Lalova. And Julia managed to finish with the result 10,93. She did it so peacefully that it was to appear she used to do it as usual.

I was nervous only before the semifinal. I saw how the Americans in the Olympic Village were training before 11 o’clock. But after the 1st race I became more self-confident. I didn’t waste my strength.