Oleg Rabota

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Oleg Rabota
Personal information
Full nameOleg Rabota
National team Kazakhstan
Born (1990-06-12) 12 June 1990 (age 28)
Almaty, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, backstroke
College teamSouthern Illinois University (U.S.)
CoachRick Walker (U.S.)

Oleg Rabota (Kazakh: Олег Работа; born June 12, 1990) is a Kazakh swimmer, who specialized in middle-distance freestyle and backstroke events.[1] He represented his nation Kazakhstan at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and has won a silver medal in the 200 m freestyle at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games in Macau, China. Rabota also served as a member of the Southern Illinois Salukis swimming and diving team under head coach Rick Walker, while pursuing his sports management studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.[2]

Rabota competed for the Kazakh squad in two swimming events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He posted a time of 2:03.75 to set himself up as the fourth seed headed into the 200 m backstroke final of the Olympic test event in Beijing, and then snatched the 400 m freestyle title with a 3:56.98 at the Kazakhstan Open Championships three months later in Almaty; both of these marks dipped beneath the FINA B-cut.[3][4] In the 400 m freestyle, Rabota fought off with Argentina's Juan Martín Pereyra for the fourth spot throughout the race, but relegated to fifth and thirty-sixth overall to round out the opening heat in 4:02.16.[5] Four days later, in the 200 m backstroke, Rabota raced to second on the same heat by 0.78 of a second behind leader Brett Fraser of the Cayman Islands in 2:01.95, but his thirty-third place time in the prelims would not be enough to put him through to the semifinals.[6]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Oleg Rabota". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  2. ^ Lock, John (10 December 2012). "Saluki Swimming & Diving teams begin training for conference championship meets". Southern Illinois University. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Good Luck Beijing China Open: Day Five Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 400m Freestyle" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 16. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Swimming: Men's 400m Freestyle Heat 1". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Swimming: Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 1". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.

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