Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff secured his Olympic debut after winning the men’s quadruple sculls at Rowing World Cup 2, the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Along with teammates Karsten Forsterling, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae, the Australians overtook Great Britain at the 1500m mark and held onto their lead through the sprint finish to claim gold.
The Queenslander grew up in Rockhampton, however he defected allegiance to NSW for rowing. He represents NSW in interstate competitions and rows out of Sydney University Boat Club, where he studies a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.
Belonogoff rowed into the international spotlight when he won a bronze medal in the double scull at the 2008 Junior World Championships. He went on to win two bronze medals in the quad sculls at the 2009 and 2012 U23 World Championships.
Belonogoff made his senior A team debut in 2013 at World Cup 1 in Sydney where he won bronze in the double sculls. In 2014, Belonogoff won three medals from three World Cup appearances and also claimed bronze at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
He comes from a big Russian family and his Grandma still lives in a Russian community up in Queensland. He is an avid fisherman and likes to intimidate his opponents before a race with a serious pair of sunglasses so competitors cannot read his expressions.
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Quadruple Scull Men
Moura, QLD, Australia
Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st – (M4x) 2016 World Rowing Cup 2 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 5th – (M2x) 2015 Rowing World Championships (Aiguebelette, France)
- 3rd – (M2x) 2015 World Rowing Cup 3 (Lucerne, Switzerland)
- 3rd – (M2x) 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 (Varese, Italy)
- 3rd – (M2x) 2014 Rowing World Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Bronze Medal at the Under 23 Rowing World Championships, 2009.
- Moura State Primary School (QLD, Australia)
- The Rockhampton Grammar School (QLD, Australia)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) - The University of Sydney [2010 - Present]
Mark Prater (2009 - current)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Steak and chips.
- Favourite holiday destination
- Whitsunday Islands.
- Favourite music
- Bob Dylan.
- Dream car
- Landcruiser 70 Series.
- Personal Motto
- A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be