Olga Beresnyeva

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Olga Beresnyeva
Medal record
Representing  Ukraine
Open Water Swimming
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Budapest 25 km

Olga Beresnyeva (Ukrainian: Ольга Береснєва; born October 12, 1985[1] in Mariupol),[2] is an Olympic and national-record holding distance swimmer from Ukraine.

She has swum at the:

  • Olympics: 2000, 2004, 2012
  • World Championships: 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • European Championships: 2010
  • Open Water Worlds: 2008, 2010

She swam for Ukraine at her first Olympic Games in 2000, at the age of 15;[2] and at her second Olympics in 2004.

At the 2003 World Championships, she set the Ukraine Record in the 1500 free (16:27.76).

After the 2004 Olympics, she change sport nationality to Israel.[3] After failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Beresnyeva returned to Ukraine.[2][4]

Originally a distance swimmer in the pool, she began swimming open water races in 2008.[2] Beresnyeva won the 25K race at the 2010 European Championships, the first time she swam the race.[5]

She swam in her third Olympics in 2012, swimming the Open Water event, but was disqualified and excluded from the Games by the IOC in June 2015 after re-analysis of a drug test showed she had been doping.[6]