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Elvira Vasilkova

Full name: Elvira Adolfovna Vasilkova (-Buchenkova)
Original name: Эльвира Адольфовна Василькова (-Бученкова)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: May 15, 1962 in Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Affiliations: Trud Sverdlovsk, Yekaterinburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Aunt of Dan Izotov; Wife of Aleksandr Buchenkov.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Elvira Vasilkova’s best year as a competitive swimmer was 1980. At that year's Soviet Olympic trials, Vasilkova surprised everyone by winning the 100 breaststroke to make the Soviet Olympic team. At the Olympics Vasilkova won silver in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the medley relay. The 1980 Olympics were her only major international tournament. Domestically, Vasilkova never won a Soviet title and she earned her only medal at the Soviet Championships, bronze in the 100 breaststroke, in 1979. Vasilkova later married fellow 1980 teammate Aleksandr Buchenkov and her nephew, Dan Izotov, won silver in the 4x200 free relay at the 2008 Olympics and bronze in the 4x100 free relay in 2012.

Personal Best: 100 m breaststroke – 1:10.41 (1980); 200 m breaststroke – 2:35.09 (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Women's 100 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Final 2 1:10.41
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:11.03

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 3 4:13.61 1:10.10 2:14.70
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 2 QU 4:16.46 1:10.02 2:15.23