Semyon Belits-Geyman, son of Russian documentary filmmaker Viktor Belits-Geyman and cousin of a Russian tennis player who is also named Semyon Belits-Geyman, took up swimming at the age of eight and was selected to the Soviet national team in 1962. During his swimming career, which lasted until the mid-1970s, Belits-Geyman competed in two Olympic Games and the 1966 European Championships. Belits-Geyman made his international dÃ©but at the 1964 Olympics, where he reached the final of the 400 freestyle, but had to settle for last place in the final. In 1965 Belits-Geyman won his first international tournament medals when he captured the Universiade 400 metre freestyle title and silver medals in the 1,500 m freestyle, the 4Ã100 freestyle relay, and the 4Ã200 free relay. At the 1966 European Championships Belits-Geyman won two titles, the 1,500 freestyle and the 4Ã200 freestyle relay, and added a silver in the 400 freestyle. In 1968, at his last international competition, the 1968 Olympics, Belits-Geyman reached the final of the 200 free, finishing seventh, and won silver as a member of the Soviet 4Ã100 free relay and bronze in the 4Ã200 relay. Belits-Geyman also set one 800 metre freestyle world record in 1966, when he swam 8:47.4 in Budapest. Domestically, Belits-Geyman won 13 Soviet titles\: 200 freestyle in 1964; 400 freestyle in 1963-65, 1967-69; 1,500 freestyle in 1967 and 1970; and 4Ã200 free relay in 1963, 1967, 1969 and 1973.
From 1964-69 Belits-Geyman studied economy at the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers and later studied journalism at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. From 1974-80 Belits-Geyman was president of the Soviet Swimming Federation. During his sporting career, Belits-Geyman worked as a correspondent to various newspapers and made radio commentaries from his competitions. Beginning in 1974, Belits-Geyman worked as a full-time correspondent to a weekly magazine Sports in Moscow (Ð¡Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸Ð²Ð½Ð°Ñ ÐÐ¾ÑÐºÐ²Ð°) and in 1978 became the editor of the magazine Sports Life in Russia (Ð¡Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸Ð²Ð½Ð°Ñ Ð¶Ð¸Ð·Ð½Ñ Ð Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸Ð¸). After the fall of the Soviet Union, Belits-Geyman emigrated to the United States, settling in Stamford, Connecticut and, since 1993, has worked as a correspondent for the USA and Canada for the newspaper Soviet Sports (Ð¡Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ ÑÐ¿Ð¾ÑÑ) and Legal Magazine (Ð®ÑÐ¸Ð´Ð¸ÑÐµÑÐºÐ°Ñ Ð³Ð°Ð·ÐµÑÐ°).
Personal Bests\: 100 m freestyle â 54.1 (1968); 200 m freestyle â 1:59.9 (1968); 400 m freestyle â 4:11.0 (1967); 800 m freestyle â 8:45.7 (1969); 1,500 m freestyle â 16:50.7 (1969).