|Full name||Serhiy Mykolaiovych Advena|
4 August 1984 |
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
Serhiy Mykolaiovych Advena (Ukrainian: Сергій Миколайович Адвена; born August 4, 1984 in Kiev) is a Ukrainian swimmer, who specialized in freestyle and butterfly events. He is a two-time Olympian (2004 and 2008), and a multiple-time Ukrainian record holder in both 100 and 200 m butterfly. He also helped out the Ukrainian team to upset their American rivals and claim the medley relay title (3:38.49) at the 2005 Summer Universiade in Izmir, Turkey.
Advena made his official debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he qualified for two swimming events. He also teamed up with Maksym Kokosha, Dmytro Vereitinov, and Olympic veteran Serhiy Fesenko in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. Swimming the anchor leg, Advena recorded a fastest split of 1:50.90, and the Ukrainian team went to finish the preliminary heats in twelfth overall, with a final time of 7:24.13. In the 200 m butterfly, Advena failed to qualify for the final, as he finished twelfth overall in his semifinal run in 1:58.11. His time was just two hundredths of a second (0.02s) ahead of Japan's Takeshi Matsuda, who beat him for the gold medal at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu, South Korea.
Four years after competing in his first Olympics, Advena qualified for his second Ukrainian team, as a 24-year-old, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He finished sixth in the 200 m butterfly from the European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, clearing a FINA A-standard entry time of 1:57.04. On the second day of the Games, Advena challenged seven other swimmers in heat five of the 200 m freestyle, including South Africa's Darian Townsend and Israel's Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or. He cruised to third place by a single tenth margin from Townsend in a Ukrainian record time of 1:48.18, but missed the semifinals by a 0.37-second deficit, as he placed twenty-third overall in the preliminaries. In the 200 m butterfly, Advena rounded out the semifinal field with a fourteenth fastest time of 1:56.24 from the preliminary heats. He repeated his luck from Athens after finishing his semifinal run with a second-slowest time of 1:56.64.
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