Evgeny Drattsev

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Evgeny Drattsev
Personal information
Full name Yevgeny Yuryevich Drattsev
National team  Russia
Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 34)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Open water

Yevgeny Yuryevich Drattsev (also Evgeny Drattsev, Russian: Евгений Юрьевич Дратцев; born 24 January 1983) is a Russian swimmer, who specialized in open water marathon.[1] He is considered one of the fastest professional open water swimmers in the world, finishing near the top of FINA World Cup races for the 10 km marathon. He also won two medals (silver and bronze) for the 5 and 10 km open water marathon at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.[2][3]


Drattsev qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after placing fifth from the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville, Spain.[4] He swam in the first ever men's 10 km open water marathon, against a field of 24 other competitors, including former pool swimmers Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and Thomas Lurz of Germany, and his teammate Vladimir Dyatchin. Drattsev finished the race in fifth place, with a time of 1:52:08.9, approximately seventeen seconds behind winner Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands.[5]

At the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, Drattsev displayed a poor performance in the open water marathon, when he finished fifth in the 5 km, and twelfth in the 10 km.[6] The following year, he recaptured his success by winning two silver medals for the same categories at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Roberval, Quebec, Canada.[7][8] He also reinforced his lead in the FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, by reaching the top position in all eight meets of the series, including his first-place finish in Santos, Brazil.[9] Drattsev continued his medal streak in the 10 km marathon by claiming the bronze at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Balatonfüred, Hungary, with a time of 1:54:26.6.[10]

In 2011, Drattsev won the gold medal at the third stage of FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Viedma, Argentina, with a time of 2:33:07, three seconds behind his teammate Sergey Bolshakov (2:33:10).[11] Drattsev eventually qualified for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 5 km marathon, with a time of 56:18.5, approximately one second behind Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis.[12] He also achieved a fifth-place finish in the team trials, along with his fellow open water swimmers Sergey Bolshakov and Ekaterina Seliverstova.

In 2012, Drattsev decided to withdraw from the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier, held in Setubal, Portugal, to focus on his competitive career for the FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. Although he did not win a single meet of these series, Drattsev was able to capture two bronze medals in Viedma, Argentina (second stage) and in Eilat, Israel (third stage).[13]


  1. ^ "Evgeny Drattsev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Germany's Thomas Lurz Claims 5K World Open Water Event in Melbourne". Swimming World Magazine. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Russia's Vladimir Dyatchin Wins 10K Open Water Event at Worlds". Swimming World Magazine. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Munatones, Steven (4 May 2008). "FINA World Open Water Championships: Russia Revisited, Hackett Disqualification Report". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Men's Marathon 10km". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Munatones, Steven (21 July 2009). "FINA World Championships, Open Water: Thomas Lurz Leaves Nothing To Chance, Wins Men's 5K". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "World Open Water Championships: Italy's Valerio Cleri Wins Men's 10K". Swimming World Magazine. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Staff (21 July 2010). "Australia's Melissa Gorman handed back bronze in world open water 10km". The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ana Marcela Cunha, Evgeny Drattsev Win Santos Stop of FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup". Swimming World Magazine. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lurz, Seliverstova win open water events in European Swimming Championships". Xinhua. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Evgeny Drattsev, Eva Fabian Win in Argentina as Part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Circuit". Swimming World Magazine. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "FINA World Championships, Open Water: Swann Oberson, Thomas Lurz Capture 5K Crowns". Swimming World Magazine. 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Spyridon Gianniotis, Ana Marcela Cunha Win Israeli Leg of FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup". Swimming World Magazine. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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