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Russia women's national water polo team

The Russia women's national water polo team represents Russia in international women's water polo competitions and friendly matches. The team is one of the leading teams in Europe since the mid-1990s.

AssociationAll Russian Swimming Federation
ConfederationLEN (Europe)
Head coachAlexander Gaidukov
Asst coachAndrey Belofastov
CaptainAnna Timofeeva
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 2000)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2000, 2016)
World Championships
Appearances11 (first in 1994)
Best result3rd, bronze medalist(s) (2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017)
World League
Appearances14 (first in 2004)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2008)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best result2nd, silver medalist(s) (1997)
European Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1993)
Best result1st, gold medalist(s) (2006, 2008, 2010)
Russia women's national water polo team
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Belgrade
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Shenzhen
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Gwangju
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Naples
European Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Baku Team


In the Russian EmpireEdit

Water polo in Russia dates back to 1910, when the sport was included into the national water sports programme. The Shuvalov school was opened back then, featuring rules that differed from the international rules. In 1913, the first water polo tournament was played between the Shuvalov school and Moscow, with the first winning 3-2. The new sport progressed in Russia, as all swimming organizations included this sport into their programme. P. Erofeev and A. Shemansky further populized water polo by publishing brochures with rules and hints.[1]

In the Soviet UnionEdit

As previously, water polo was predominant in Moscow and Leningrad (formerly known as St. Petersburg). However, this changed when the water polo teams of the Black Sea Fleet, Baltic Fleet and Caspian Flotilla further spread water polo in Russia. In the early history, water polo was popular especially among sailors. The strongest teams were Delfin of Leningrad and the Moscow Life Saving Society and the Yacht-Club. Following the resolution by the organizing bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1925, physical culture has been greatly propagated in Russia, stimulating water polo as well.[2]

The first championship took place in 1925. Apart from the teams of Leningrad, Moscow and Kiev, the tournament featured teams from the Caucasus, Crimea, Ural, as well as the aforementioned fleet teams. Three years later, water polo was included in the All-Union Spartakiade (sports festival). The team of Leningrad dominated in Russian water polo until 1933, as the city had winter water pools and so had more training opportunities. In 1946, the USSR Water Polo Cup was introduced. One year later, the Soviet Union was selected into the FINA. The national water polo then debuted at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Helsinki.[2]




The following is the Russian roster.[3][4]

Head coach: Alexandr Gaidukov

Name Pos. Height Weight L/R Date of birth Club
1 Evgeniia Golovina GK (1999-07-14)14 July 1999 (aged 20)   Uralochka Zlatoust
2 Maria Bersneva FP 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) (1998-12-17)17 December 1998 (aged 20)   Uralochka Zlatoust
3 Ekaterina Prokofyeva (C) FP 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) (1991-03-13)13 March 1991 (aged 28)   Kinef Kirishi
4 Elvina Karimova FP 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) (1994-03-25)25 March 1994 (aged 25)   Uralochka Zlatoust
5 Tatiana Tolkunova FP 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) (1999-05-15)15 May 1999 (aged 20)   Spartak Volgograd
6 Olga Gorbunova FP (1993-08-27)27 August 1993 (aged 25)   Spartak Volgograd
7 Alena Serzhantova FP 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) (1998-05-06)6 May 1998 (aged 21)   SKIF-CSP Krylatskoye
8 Anastasia Simanovich FP 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) (1995-01-23)23 January 1995 (aged 24)   Kinef Kirishi
9 Anna Timofeeva FP 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) (1987-07-18)18 July 1987 (aged 31)   Yugra
10 Evgenia Soboleva FP (1988-08-26)26 August 1988 (aged 30)   Kinef Kirishi
11 Evgeniya Ivanova FP 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) (1987-07-26)26 July 1987 (aged 31)   Kinef Kirishi
12 Daria Ryzhkova FP (1995-02-08)8 February 1995 (aged 24)   Kinef Kirishi
13 Anna Karnaukh GK 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) (1993-08-31)31 August 1993 (aged 25)   Kinef Kirishi

Past squadsEdit


  3. ^ "Team Roster – Russia" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Объявлен состав женской сборной команды России на Чемпионат мира 2019" (in Russian). Russian Water Polo Federation. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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