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Sport Water Polo
Born18 Jul 1987 in Gorky, URS
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
English, Russian
Higher education
Physical Education, Teaching - Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Before switching to water polo, she did swimming for 11 years. She got involved in water polo due to a friend whose father was president of the water polo federation, and who encouraged her to try the sport.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
International Debut
Competing for
World League
General Interest
Tima (Athlete, 17 Aug 2010)
Reading books, snowboarding. (Athlete, 30 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and bronze at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021; Athlete, 30 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One for all and all for one." (Athlete, 17 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second grade], and the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 25 Aug 2016; minsport.gov.ru, 22 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Vera has played water polo at club level in the Russian Federation. (waterpolo.ru, 10 Nov 2016; aif-nn.ru, 09 Sep 2016)
Other information
After competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she retired from the Russian national team. "I think this is not just retirement, but a logical conclusion that it's time to give way to another generation and leave. People don't just train, they don't just grow, it's time for them to take our places and, just as we started 10 years ago in the national team as young players, forge their own path of success." (ugra-tv.ru, 14 Aug 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
3 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
8 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Surgut, RUS Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
5 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
6 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team