Olga Beresnyeva

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Olga Beresnyeva, Ukranian open water swimmer
Olga Beresnyeva

Olga Beresnyeva (born 1985) is a Ukranian professional marathon swimmer.

Open Water Swimming Career

She finished 9th in the 2011 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series and was considered to be one of the fastest improving swimmers on the world-class level. She competed on the 2012 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit and qualified for the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics where she placed 7th.

She is coached by her father Aleksandr Andreevich Beresnyev.


Beresnyeva made her debut at the 2000 Olympic Games, at the age of 15. After representing Ukraine at the 2004 Olympic Games, Beresnyeva migrated to Israel. After failing to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Beresnyeva returned to Ukraine. Originally a 800-meter freestyle swimmer she became an open water swimmer in 2008. Beresnyeva won the 25 km open water race at the 2010 European Championships at her first ever race at that distance.

2011 FINA World Championships

Olga placed 15th (2:02:25.1) in the 2011 FINA World Championships in the 10K in Shanghai, China.

2012 Olympic Marathon Swim Results

Beresnyeva finished seventh in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, but was later disciplined in June 2015 by the IOC after one of her drug tests was found positive for the presence of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO).

GOLD Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
SILVER Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
BRONZE Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:58:44.4
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
9. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
10. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
11. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
12. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
14. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
15. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:58.7
16. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
17. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
18. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
19. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
20. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
21. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
22. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS

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