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.
|Association||All Russian Swimming Federation|
|Head coach||Alexander Gaidukov|
|Asst coach||Andrey Belofastov|
|Appearances||5 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||(2000, 2016)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||(2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 2004)|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1995)|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||(2006, 2008, 2010)|
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.
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.
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.
FINA World LeagueEdit
FINA World CupEdit
LEN Europa CupEdit
Head coach: Alexandr Gaidukov
|№||Name||Pos.||Height||Weight||L/R||Date of birth||Club|
|1||Evgeniia Golovina||GK||14 July 1999 (aged 20)||Uralochka Zlatoust|
|2||Maria Bersneva||FP||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||17 December 1998 (aged 20)||Uralochka Zlatoust|
|3||Ekaterina Prokofyeva (C)||FP||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||13 March 1991 (aged 28)||Kinef Kirishi|
|4||Elvina Karimova||FP||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)||25 March 1994 (aged 25)||Uralochka Zlatoust|
|5||Tatiana Tolkunova||FP||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||15 May 1999 (aged 20)||Spartak Volgograd|
|6||Olga Gorbunova||FP||27 August 1993 (aged 25)||Spartak Volgograd|
|7||Alena Serzhantova||FP||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||6 May 1998 (aged 21)||SKIF-CSP Krylatskoye|
|8||Anastasia Simanovich||FP||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)||23 January 1995 (aged 24)||Kinef Kirishi|
|9||Anna Timofeeva||FP||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||18 July 1987 (aged 31)||Yugra|
|10||Evgenia Soboleva||FP||26 August 1988 (aged 30)||Kinef Kirishi|
|11||Evgeniya Ivanova||FP||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||26 July 1987 (aged 31)||Kinef Kirishi|
|12||Daria Ryzhkova||FP||8 February 1995 (aged 24)||Kinef Kirishi|
|13||Anna Karnaukh||GK||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||31 August 1993 (aged 25)||Kinef Kirishi|
- 1999 European Championship — Bronze medal
- 2000 Olympic Games — Bronze medal
- 2001 European Championship — Bronze medal
- 2003 World Championship — Bronze medal
- 2006 European Championship — Gold medal
- Olga Fomicheva, Yulia Gaufler, Nadezda Glyzina, Evgeniya Ivanova, Sofia Konukh, Ekaterina Kuzbetsova, Ekaterina Pantyulina, Evgeniya Protsenko, Natalya Ryzhova-Alenicheva, Natalya Shepelina, Elena Smurova, Ekaterina Tankeyeva, Aleksandra Vorobeva, Alena Vylegzhanina and Anastasia Zubkova. Head Coach: Alexander Kleymenov.
- 2007 World Championship — Bronze medal
- 2008 FINA Olympic Qualifying Tournament — Silver medal
- 2008 European Championship — Gold medal
- 2015 European Games — Gold medal
- РАЗВИТИЕ ВОДНОГО ПОЛО В РОССИЙСКОЙ ИМПЕРИИ
- РАЗВИТИЕ ВОДНОГО ПОЛО В СССР
- "Team Roster – Russia" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
- "Объявлен состав женской сборной команды России на Чемпионат мира 2019" (in Russian). Russian Water Polo Federation. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.