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Yana Oleksandrivna Klochkova (Ukrainian: Яна Олександрівна Клочкова; born 7 August 1982 in Simferopol) is a Ukrainian swimmer, who has won five Olympic medals in her career, with four of them being gold. She is Master of Sports[citation needed], World Class and the only multi gold medal holder (more than two)[citation needed] in Ukraine.

Yana Klochkova
Yana Klochkova 2010 001.jpg
Personal information
Full nameYana Oleksandrivna Klochkova
Nickname(s)"Gold fish"
Nationality Ukraine
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982 (age 37)
Simferopol, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle, Individual medley
ClubDynamo (Ukraine)
CoachNina Kozhukh
Oleksandr Kozhukh

CareerEdit

Her gold medals came in the 200 meter individual medley and the 400 meter individual medley at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics;[1] her silver medal came in the 800 meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She has also won ten titles at swimming's world championships, nineteen European championship titles. She currently holds the short-course world record in the 400 meter individual medley.[2] Her 400 m individual medley world record was broken by American Katie Hoff at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.[3]

On 28 July 2001, she won a silver medal by defeating Qi Hui of China in the women’s 200-meter individual medley at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. The same year, she won gold medal for 400-meter individual medley at the same event and on two days later won another gold in the 400-meter freestyle.[4] In 2003, she won four golds at the Summer Universiade in South Korea.[5] In 2004, she was named by Swimming World magazine as the World Female Swimmer of the Year[6] and the same year was awarded Hero of Ukraine medal by President Viktor Yanukovich.[7]

She retired in 2009 at the age of 26.[8]

As of 2018, Yana has an 8-year old son named Alex.[9]

TitlesEdit

Yana Klochkova's titles include:

Olympic ChampionEdit

World Champion, Long CourseEdit

World Champion, Short CourseEdit

  • 1999, Hong Kong: 400 m individual medley
  • 2000, Athens: 200 m individual medley
  • 2000, Athens: 400 m individual medley
  • 2002, Moscow: 400 m freestyle
  • 2002, Moscow: 200 m individual medley
  • 2002, Moscow: 400 m individual medley

European Champion, Long CourseEdit

  • 1999, Istanbul: 200 m individual medley
  • 1999, Istanbul: 400 m individual medley
  • 2000, Helsinki: 400 m freestyle
  • 2000, Helsinki: 200 m individual medley
  • 2000, Helsinki: 400 m individual medley
  • 2002, Berlin: 400 m freestyle
  • 2002, Berlin: 200 m individual medley
  • 2002, Berlin: 400 m individual medley
  • 2004, Madrid: 200 m individual medley
  • 2004, Madrid: 400 m individual medley

European Champion, Short CourseEdit

  • 1999, Lisbon: 400 m freestyle
  • 1999, Lisbon: 800 m freestyle
  • 1999, Lisbon: 200 m individual medley
  • 1999, Lisbon: 400 m individual medley
  • 2000, Valencia: 200 m individual medley
  • 2000, Valencia: 400 m individual medley
  • 2001, Antwerp: 200 m individual medley
  • 2002, Riesa: 200 m individual medley
  • 2002, Riesa: 400 m individual medley

Universiade Champion, Long CourseEdit

  • 2003, Daegu: 200 m freestyle
  • 2003, Daegu: 200 m butterfly
  • 2003, Daegu: 200 m individual medley
  • 2003, Daegu: 400 m individual medley
  • 2007, Bangkok: 400 m individual medley

International championships (50 m)Edit

Meet 400 free 800 free 200 fly 200 medley 400 medley 4×100 free 4×100 medley
EC 1997 23rd    
WC 1998 4th  
EC 1999      
EC 2000      
OG 2000      
WC 2001      
EC 2002        
WC 2003 heats[a]    
EC 2004        
OG 2004     10th
WC 2005
EC 2006 4th 9th 4th
WC 2007
EC 2008 8th 12th 5th
a Klochkova qualified from the heats, but scratched the semi finals

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jonathan Abrams (19 June 2005). "Ukraine's Klochkova Is Back From Break". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Olympic champion: Yana Klochkova, the swimmer". Welcome to Ukraine.
  3. ^ "Flash! World Championships: World Record for Katie Hoff in 400 m individual medley". Swimming World. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "2001: Year in Review" (PDF). The Ukrainian Weekly. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Best-ever Daegu Universiade Conclude with Long-last Happy Memories". China Radio International. 31 August 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Who's the Greatest Female All-around Swimmer of All Time?". Swimming World. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Medley queen Klochkova given top honour". Eurosport/Reuters. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Former Olympic medalist Yana Klochkova announces retirement". Reuters. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ ""Я очень добрая мама": олимпийская чемпионка Яна Клочкова рассказала, как воспитывает сына" ["I'm a very nice mom": Olympic champion Yana Klochkova told how to educate your child]. Segodnya. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
  Chen Yan
World Record Holder
Women's 400 Individual Medley

16 September 2000 – 1 April 2007
Succeeded by
  Katie Hoff
Preceded by
  Dai Guohong
World Record Holder
Women's 400 Individual Medley (25 m)

20 January 2002 – 9 April 2008
Succeeded by
  Kirsty Coventry
Awards
Preceded by
  Hannah Stockbauer
Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
  Leisel Jones
Preceded by
  Hannah Stockbauer
Swimming World's European Swimmer of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
  Otylia Jędrzejczak
Summer Olympics
Preceded by
Denys Sylantyev
Flagbearer for   Ukraine
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Roman Gontiuk