< back
Ekaterina TANKEEVA
Sport Water Polo
NOC Russia   
Born28 Jun 1989 in Moscow, URS
Height1.74 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Athens, GRE
English, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Higher education
Law - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing water polo at age 12 in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her father initially took her to an ice hockey club but she did not like it. She decided to switch to water polo because she enjoyed being in the water.
Club / Team
NC Vouliagmeni: Greece
Name of coach
Antiopi Melidoni [club], GRE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
International Debut
Competing for
European Championship
Belgrade, SRB
General Interest
Tankesha, Katia (jordipress.com, 07 Aug 2020; diaridesabadell.com, 01 Dec 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, and claiming gold medals at the European Championships in 2006 and 2010. (Athlete, 24 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be positive." (Athlete, 16 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2011 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2017; minsport.gov.ru, 24 Feb 2011)
Other information
She was provisionally suspended by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency [RUSADA] in April 2013 for failing a drugs test. Following a three-month ban, she was able to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (Athlete, 24 Jul 2019; en.ria.ru, 25 Jul 2013)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
1 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
1 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team