< back
Olga BERESNYEVA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Ukraine   
GenderWomen
Born12 Oct 1985 in Mariupol, URS
Height1.75 m
Weight 70 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Mariupol, UKR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Donetsk State Institute of Health, Physical Education and Sport: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Mariupol, Ukraine, and took up open water swimming in Israel in 2008.
International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, studying psychology. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the 10km at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 19 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)

She was named one of the 10 Best Athletes of the Donetsk region of Ukraine in 2010 and 2012. (ilich.in.ua, 13 Jan 2011)
Famous relatives
Her father Oleksandr Beresnyev represented the Soviet Union in swimming. (fakty.ua, 20 Aug 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In 2015 she decided to retire from competition, and in January 2016 she opened a swimming school in Mariupol, Ukraine. The school includes a water rehabilitation and sports section. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied hydrotherapy in the Wingate Institute in Israel. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)

UKRAINE TO ISRAEL AND BACK AGAIN
In 2004 she acquired Israeli citizenship, which was possible because her grandfather was Jewish. At that time she did not feel well in the Ukrainian national team and was looking for better training conditions. In Israel she competed for the Hapoel Jerusalem Swim Club. In 2008 she qualified for the Olympic Games but was not included into the national team. She then returned to Ukraine. (fakty.ua, 20 Aug 2010)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2004 Athens, GRE 800m Freestyle 8:57.96 
38 2004 Athens, GRE 400m Freestyle 4:26.30 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2005 Montreal, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:50.59 
26 2005 Montreal, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:24.27 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Freestyle 2:12.32
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:23.03
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:27.76
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:41.23
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2002 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:38.20
15 2002 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:12.35
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
11 2004 Madrid, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:57.11
17 2004 Madrid, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:25.25
4 2002 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:34.29
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
19 2001 Antwerp, BEL 400m Freestyle 4:21.20
12 2001 Antwerp, BEL 800m Freestyle 8:42.76
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km  DNF
18 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:27.9
15 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:25.1
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:29:35.6
12 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 57:45.5
16 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:02:04.0
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2012 Piombino, ITA 25km  DNF
6 2012 Piombino, ITA 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:54.3
19 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:04:02.6
  2011 Eilat, ISR 25km  DNS
6 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:01:10.3
1 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 25km 5:48:10.2
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:22:36
6 2013   10km  
16 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:03:08.7
20 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:12:46.40
4 2012   10km  
8 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:10:27.61
16 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:02:59.95
18 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:26:31.10
5 2012 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:58:15.87
11 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:02:42
8 2011 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:13:00.55
6 2011 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:48:58.4
5 2010   10km  
8 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:10:50.55
7 2010 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:12:50.6
8 2010 Santos, BRA 10km 2:16:57.97
7 2010 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:03:13.30
34 2007   10km