Serhiy Advena

Serhiy Mykolaiovych Advena (Ukrainian: Сергій Миколайович Адвена; born August 4, 1984) is a Ukrainian former swimmer, who is specialized in freestyle and butterfly swimming styles.[1] He is a two-time Olympian (2004 and 2008), and a multiple-time Ukrainian record holder in both 100 and 200 m butterfly. He also helped out the Ukrainian team to upset their American rivals and claim the medley relay title (3:38.49) at the 2005 Summer Universiade in Izmir, Turkey.[2]

Serhiy Advena
Personal information
Full nameSerhiy Mykolaiovych Advena
National team Ukraine
Born (1984-08-04) 4 August 1984
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubZS Kiev

Advena made his Olympic debut in Athens 2004, competing in two swimming events. He also teamed up with Maksym Kokosha, Dmytro Vereitinov, and Olympic stalwart Serhiy Fesenko in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay. Swimming the anchor leg, Advena recorded a fastest split of 1:50.90, and the Ukrainian team went to finish the preliminary heats in twelfth overall, with a final time of 7:24.13.[3] In the 200 m butterfly, Advena failed to qualify for the final, as he finished twelfth overall in his semifinal run in 1:58.11. His time was just two hundredths of a second (0.02s) ahead of Japan's Takeshi Matsuda, who beat him for the gold medal at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu, South Korea.[4][5][6]

Four years after competing in his first Olympics, Advena qualified for his second Ukrainian team, as a 24-year-old, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He finished sixth in the 200 m butterfly from the European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, clearing a FINA A-standard entry time of 1:57.04.[7] On the second day of the Games, Advena challenged seven other swimmers in heat five of the 200 m freestyle, including South Africa's Darian Townsend and Israel's Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or. He cruised to third place by a single tenth margin from Townsend in a Ukrainian record time of 1:48.18, but missed the semifinals by a 0.37-second deficit, as he placed twenty-third overall in the preliminaries.[8] In the 200 m butterfly, Advena posted a time of 1:56.24 to obtain a fourteenth seed on the morning prelims.[9][10] Then, he repeated his feat from Athens with a fifteenth-place time of 1:56.64 in the semifinals.[11]

References

  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Serhiy Advena". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  2. "USA Wins Four Gold Medals on Sixth Day of World University Games". Swimming World Magazine. 17 August 2005. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  3. "Men's 4×200m Freestyle Heat 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. "Swimming Roundup: Four Universiade Records Bettered as China Pull off Two Golds". Xinhua News Agency. People's Daily. 25 August 2003. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  5. Jeffrey, Josh (24 August 2003). "China Wins Two, Four Games Records Fall on Day One of World University Games". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. "Men's 200m Butterfly Semifinal 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  7. "2008 LEN European Aquatics Championships (Eindhoven, Netherlands) – Men's 200m Butterfly Final" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  8. "Men's 200m Freestyle Heat 5". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  9. Lohn, John (11 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Michael Phelps Paces 200 Fly Prelims With Olympic Record". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  10. "Men's 200m Butterfly Heat 6". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  11. "Men's 200m Butterfly Semifinal 1". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
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