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Sergiy Bubka

Sergiy Bubka

Date of birth: 4 December 1963 (Lugansk, Ukrainian SSR)

Sergiy Bubka (Сергій Бубка) is six times world champion (between 1983 and 1997), European champion in 1986 and Olympic champion in 1988. He broke the world record for men's pole vaulting 35 times (17 outdoor and 18 indoor records). He was the first to clear 6.0 metres and the first and only to clear 6.10 metres (20 ft). He holds the current outdoor world record of 6.14 metres (20 feet 1 3/4 inches), set on 31 July 1994 in Sestriere, Italy and the current indoor world record of 6.15 meters, set on 21 February 1993 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Liliya Podkopayeva

Liliya Podkopayeva

Date of birth: 15 August 1978 (Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR)

Liliya Podkopayeva (Лілія Подкопаєва) is the 1996 Olympic all-around champion. She is widely regarded as one of the best gymnasts in history. She is the proud owner of 45 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Yana Klochkova


Date of birth: 7 August 1982 (Simferopol, Crimea, Ukrainian SSR)

Yana Klochkova (Яна Клочкова) is a Ukrainian swimmer, who has won five Olympic medals. 4 gold medals came in the 200 meter individual medley and the 400 meter individual medley at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. Her silver medal came in the 800 meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Anna Bessonova

Anya Bessonova

Date of birth: 29 July 1984 (Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR)

Anna Bessonova (Анна Бессонова) is the number one rhythmic gymnast in Ukraine. In 2007, Bessonova became world champion at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Patras winning the all-around gold medal. She won the bronze individual all around medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics. Over the course of her career she has won 24 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals, 24 European Championship medals and 10 World Cup medals (60 in total).
Oksana Baiul

Oksana Bayul

Date of birth: 16 November 1977 (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR)

Oksana Baiul (Оксана Баюл) is a Ukrainian professional figure skater. She is the 1994 Olympic champion in ladies' singles and the 1993 World champion.
Kateryna Serebrianskaya

Serebrianskaya Kateryna

Date of birth: 25 October 1977 (Semfiropol, Ukrainian SSR)

Kateryna Serebrianskaya (Катерина Серебрянская) started gymnastics in 1982 at age 4, her mother Liubov was her coach, at the Gratsia club in Simferopol. After that she went to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to train at the Deriugins School. Kateryna retired from Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1998. She is 178 cm / 5.8 ft in height.
Serebrianskaya became the first female rhythmic gymnast to hold the European, World, and Olympic all-round titles at the same time. This record was tied by Alina Kabayeva at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Oleksandr Usyk

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk

Date of birth: 17 January 1987 (Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR)

Oleksandr Usyk (Олександр Усик) is a Ukrainian amateur boxer who won the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships at light-heavyweight, the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight and the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the heavyweight division. He is a southpaw.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London after beating Italy's Clemente Russo (outscoring him by 6-3 in Round 3) Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk performed victory dance.
Denys Berinchyk

Ukrainian boxer Denys Berinchyk

Date of birth: 5 May 1988 (Krasnodon, Lugansk region, Ukrainian SSR)

Denys Berinchyk (Денис Берінчик) is a Ukrainian amateur boxer. Berinchyk won the silver medal in the Light Welterweight division at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku. Berinchyk is also former champion of World University Boxing Championships and European Boxing Cup at the amateur level.
Denys Berinchyk won silver in light-welterweight boxing match at the London Olympics 2012.
Olena Kostevych

Olena Kostevych

Date of birth: 14 April 1985 (Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR)

Olena Kostevych (Олена Костевич) is a pistol shooter from Chernihiv, Ukraine. At the age of 17, Kostevych won the 10 m Air Pistol event at the 2002 ISSF World Shooting Championships. She followed this with a victory in the 2003 ISSF World Cup Final, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.
At the 2008 Olympics, she was placed in 26th place 25 metre pistol and 31st in 10 metre air pistol. Her Ukrainian record of 394 is one point higher than the world record.
At the 2012 Olympics in London Olena Kostevych won two bronze medals in 10 metre and 25 meter air pistol competitions.
Yana Shemyakina

Yana Shemyakina

Date of birth: 6 January 1986 (Lviv, Ukrainian SSR)

Yana Shemyakina (Яна Шемякіна) is a Ukrainian fencer (specialised in Epee) who won Bronze during the 2009 European Fencing Championships. Yana won Gold Medal in individual epee in 2012 in London Olympics.
Kateryna Tarasenko, Nataliya Dovgodko, Anastasiia Kozhenkova, Yana Dementieva

Yana Shemyakina

Kateryna Tarasenko, Nataliya Dovgodko, Anastasiia Kozhenkova, Yana Dementieva (Катерина Тарасенко, Наталія Довгодько, Анастасія Коженкова, Яна Дементьева) won the gold medal in the women's quadruple sculls rowing event at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
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