Marina Mulyayeva

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Marina Mulyayeva
Personal information
Full name Marina Vladimirovna Mulyayeva
Nickname(s) Marishka
Nationality  Kazakhstan
Born (1981-04-30) 30 April 1981 (age 33)
Almaty, Kazakh SSR
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, medley
College team Maryland Terrapins (USA)

Marina Vladimirovna Mulyayeva (Kazakh: Марина Владимировна Муляева; born April 30, 1981 in Almaty) is a Kazakhstani swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle and individual medley events.[1] She is a six-time national record holder, a multiple-time ACC titleholder, and one-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American swimmer.[2] Mulyayeva is also a varsity swimmer for the Maryland Terrapins and an international business major at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Mulyayeva made her official debut, as a 19-year-old, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she competed in the women's 200 m individual medley. She edged out Kyrgyzstan's Alexandra Zertsalova on the freestyle leg to lead the first heat in 2:24.09.[3]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Mulyayeva placed twenty-fifth in the 200 m individual medley. Swimming in the same heat from Sydney, she edged out Denmark's Louise Mai Jansen to save a fifth spot by nearly three seconds in 2:24.25.[4][5]

Mulyayeva decided to drop her specialty event, the 200 m individual medley, and experiment with the 50 m freestyle, when she competed for her third time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She achieved a FINA B-standard of 26.30 from the Kazakhstan Open Championships in Almaty.[6] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat seven, including fellow three-time Olympic veteran Mariya Bugakova of Uzbekistan. She raced to sixth place by three hundredths of a second (0.03) behind Hong Kong's Elaine Chan in 26.57. Mulyayeva failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed forty-sixth overall out of 92 swimmers in the preliminaries.[7]


  1. ^ "Marina Mulyayeva". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Shaffer, Jonas (11 June 2009). "Swimming Skills Not Lost in Translation". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 200m Individual Medley Heat 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 323. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Stephen (16 August 2004). "Women's 200 Individual Medley Prelims Day 3: Klochkova Aims for Repeat Olympic Gold; Americans Qualify 3rd and 4th". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Women's 50m Freestyle" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 46. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 7". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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