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Sport Open Water Swimming
Born31 May 1998 in Kaliningrad, RUS
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Partner Damien Joly
Martigues, FRA
Athlete, Student
English, French, Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Volga Region State Academy of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism: Kazan, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"My mother enrolled me in a sports club as I had pulmonary [lung] problems in childhood, and there is no better way to develop and train lungs than in the water. At first I was taken to a synchronised swimming group where I trained for five years. But by chance I was asked to go to a swimming competition in Lithuania because one girl was missing for the relay team. I then took five gold and silver medals and realised that I would never return to synchronised swimming."
Club / Team
CS Clichy 92 Natation [FRA] / Ugra Centre of Sports Preparation [RUS]:
Name of coach
Philippe Lucas [personal], FRA; Stepan Ganzey [personal], RUS, from 2018
General Interest
Watching TV series, cooking. (Athlete, 31 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 800m freestyle at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Philippe Lucas and her parents. (strana39.ru, 07 Nov 2018; rsport.ria.ru, 04 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini. (Athlete, 31 Mar 2020)
She did not compete in the 800m event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to a shoulder injury. (kaskad.tv, 09 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music and calls her mother before she is about to compete. (klops.ru, 15 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work will definitely pay off." (klops.ru, 15 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 22 Mar 2021; Athlete, 31 Mar 2020)
Other sports
She has also competed in open water swimming at international level. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2018)
She became the first swimmer representing the Russian Federation to win a medal in the 800m freestyle at the European championships when she claimed bronze at the 2018 edition in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; championat.com, 04 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Damien Joly has represented France in both pool and open water swimming. He competed in pool swimming at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, and competed in both disciplines at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; Instagram profile, 13 Mar 2021)
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2021)
Other information
In 2018 she moved to Montpellier, France, to train with French coach Philippe Lucas. "I realised that I needed to improve in order to successfully perform on the international stage. I was invited to the French club of Philippe Lucas, who is considered to be one of the best coaches in the world. He has trained Olympic champions, and looking at them and competing with them helps me to grow, both as an athlete and as an individual." After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she followed her coach Philippe Lucas from Montpellier to Martigues. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2021; strana39.ru, 07 Nov 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:08.24
  2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle DNS
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:52.15
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:34.73
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 4:06.16
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.25
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:14.84
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:56.44
8 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:02.11
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:42.46
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:01.52
6 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:12.65
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:36.64
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.73
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:26.56
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:06.05
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:31.54
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:24.71
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:06.03
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:52.87
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:13.75
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:55.35
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:00.52
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:08.93
3 2019 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:40.18
24 2018   Overall Ranking  
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:01.26
6 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:56.21
3 2018 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:22.24
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 4:04.65
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:21.83
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.96
50 2017   Overall  
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:04.31
4 2017 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:21.84