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Andrey Korneyev

Full name: Andrey Nikolayevich Korneyev
Original name: Андрей Николаевич Корнеев
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: January 10, 1974 in Omsk, Omsk, Russia
Died: May 2, 2014 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: CSKA (Central Sport Klub Army), Moskva-Omsk
Country: RUS Russia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Andrey Korneyev first competed internationally at the 1991 European Championships and in the mid-1990s was considered as the top European breaststroke swimmer. The high point of Korneyev's career was probably at the 1996 Olympics, where in the 200 breaststroke final Korneyev started strongly, going out ahead of world record pace at the halfway mark, but later tired and was touched out by Hungarians [Norbert Rózsa] and [Károly Güttler] to receive a bronze medal. Four days after the final it was announced that Korneyev had tested positive for the stimulant bromantan and would be stripped of his bronze medal, but he appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the basis that the drug was not a stimulant but merely an aid to boost the body'’s immune system, and his bronze medal was restored.

Besides his Olympic bronze, Korneyev won the 200 m breaststroke silver at the 1997 World Short Course Championships, was European 200 m breaststroke champion in 1995 and 4×100 m medley relay champion in 1995 and 1997, while taking 200 m breaststroke silver at the 1997 and bronze at the 1993 European Championships. He was also the Russian 100 m and 200 m breaststroke champion in 1993 and 1995 and set one 200 m breaststroke short course World record, when he clocked 2:07.79 at the World Cup event in Paris in 1998. Korneyev retired from sports after he was not selected to the 2000 Russian Olympic team and later worked as a swimming coach in Moscow, but died rather young, in May 2014, after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Personal Bests\: 100 m breaststroke – 1:01.88 (1995); 200 m breaststroke – 2:12.62 (1995).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Russia RUS 3 Bronze

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Swimming Russia Final 3 2:13.17 0.78 29.86 1 1:03.51 1 1:37.96 1 33.65 (2) 34.45 (2) 35.21 (5)
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Swimming Russia Round One Heat Five 1 Q 2:14.11 0.79 30.53 1 1:04.42 1 1:38.98 1 33.89 (1) 34.56 (2) 35.13 (4)
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