ⓘ Belarus at the 2012 Summer Olympics


ⓘ Belarus at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Belarus competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nations fifth appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-Soviet era. The Belarus Olympic Committee sent a total of 166 athletes to the Games, 90 men and 76 women, to compete in 20 sports.

Belarus left London with a total of 10 medals, their lowest in Summer Olympic history. Most of these medals were awarded to athletes in sprint canoeing. Sergei Martynov, who won gold for the first time, became the most successful Belarusian shooter in history, with a total of three Olympic medals. Three Belarusian athletes set the nations historical record to win Olympic medals for the first time in their sporting events, including swimmer Aliaksandra Herasimenia, who took two silver in womens freestyle events. Tennis players and Grand Slam titleholders Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka, who also won the bronze in womens singles, became Belaruss first ever Olympic champions in the mixed doubles event, after beating Great Britains Andy Murray and Laura Robson. For the first time in its history, Belarus, however, did not win an Olympic medal in athletics and wrestling.

Originally, Belarus had won three gold medals in the nations total medal count. On 13 August 2012, the International Olympic Committee stripped shot putter Nadzeya Astapchuk of her gold medal after testing positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone, and the gold medal was subsequently awarded to silver medalist Valerie Adams from New Zealand.


1. Delegation

Belarus Olympic Committee selected a team of 166 athletes, 90 men and 76 women, to compete in 20 sports, surpassing the record by just a single athlete short in Atlanta. Mens football was the only team-based sport in which Belarus had its representation in these Olympic games. There was only a single competitor in archery, and in badminton. Athletics was the largest team by sport, with a total of 49 competitors.

The Belarusian team featured five Olympic champions from Beijing. Shooters Sergei Martynov and Kanstantsin Lukashyk, and single sculls rower Ekaterina Karsten, competed at their sixth Olympic games, although they first appeared as part of either the Soviet Union Martynov in 1988 or the Unified Team Karsten and Lukashyk in 1992. Table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov became the fourth Belarusian athlete to compete at fifth Olympics. Meanwhile, trap shooter Andrei Kavalenka, at age 57, was the oldest athlete of the team, while rhythmic gymnast Nataliya Leshchyk was the youngest at age 17.

Professional tennis player Max Mirnyi, who won nine Grand Slam titles including two from the U.S. Open in his career, and competed at his fourth Olympics, became Belarus flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Karsten, who won a total of five Olympic medals, served as the nations team captain.


2. Athletics

Belarus sent a total of 49 track and field athletes to the London games, after having achieved the required qualifying standards in their respective events up to a maximum of three athletes in each event at the "A" standard, and one at the "B" standard. Hammer thrower and two-time Olympic medalist Ivan Tsikhan, was initially selected to the team, but IAAF decided to withdrew him from the competition, as a re-test of his sample from Athens was positive. On August 13, International Olympic Committee decided the shot putter Nadzeya Astapchuk, the nations only track and field medalist, to strip off her gold medal at the London games after she was tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone.

  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • Note –Ranks given for track events are within the athletes heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
Men Track & road events Field events Combined events – Decathlon Women Track & road events Field events

* Initially awarded gold in the shot put, Astapchuk was disqualified, and stripped of her medal, following positive drugs tests during the Games.

Combined events – Heptathlon

3. Canoeing


Belarus has so far qualified boats for the following events

Men Women

Qualification Legend: FA = Qualify to final medal; FB = Qualify to final B non-medal


4. Football

Belarus mens football team qualified for the event after win a play-off of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

  • Mens team event – 1 team of 18 players

Mens tournament

Team roster

The following is the Belarus squad in the mens football tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Coach: Georgi Kondratiev

* Over-aged player.

Group play

5. Rowing

Belarus has qualified 2 boats.

Men Women

Qualification Legend: FA =Final A medal; FB =Final B non-medal; FC =Final C non-medal; FD =Final D non-medal; FE =Final E non-medal; FF =Final F non-medal; SA/B =Semifinals A/B; SC/D =Semifinals C/D; SE/F =Semifinals E/F; QF =Quarterfinals; R =Repechage


6. Swimming

Belarus sent a total of 8 swimmers at the London games, after having achieved qualifying standards in their respective events up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time OQT, and 1 at the Olympic Selection Time OST): Belarus left London with a remarkable milestone in swimming, winning only two silver medals by Aliaksandra Herasimenia in the womens 50 m freestyle and 100 m freestyle events, respectively.

Men Women


7. Table tennis

Belarus has qualified two athletes for singles table tennis events. Based on their world rankings as of 16 May 2011 Vladimir Samsonov has qualified for the mens event and Viktoria Pavlovich for the womens.


8. Tennis

Belarus has qualified three athletes for tennis events. After losing to U.S. tennis star Serena Williams in the semi-finals, Victoria Azarenka managed to win the bronze medal in the womens singles against Russias Maria Kirilenko. The following day, Azarenka and her partner Max Mirnyi defeated Great Britains Andy Murray, mens singles champion, and his partner Laura Robson to win the gold medal during the final match in the first ever mixed doubles event. Azarenka and Mirnyi, not only claimed the title, but also set the nations historical milestone to their sport.


9. Wrestling

Belarus has qualified eleven quotas.


  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Mens freestyle Mens Greco-Roman Womens freestyle