Olena Pukhayeva

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Olena Romaniwna Puchajewa ( Ukrainian Олена Романівна Пухаєва ; born February 4, 1961 in Dnepropetrovsk ) is a former Soviet rower and two-time world champion in the eight .

Olena Puchajewa won her first world title in 1985 in Hazewinkel , the following year the Soviet eighth also won the World Championships in Nottingham . At the 1987 World Championships in Copenhagen, the Romanians won ahead of the US rowers, Puchajewa won the bronze medal with the Soviet eighth. In their only Olympic participation in 1988 in Seoul Puchayeva rowed with the Soviet eighth to fourth place. Puchayeva had to end her career early because of visual problems.

Nineteen years later, Olena Puchajewa took part in the boat class LTA mixed foursome with helmsman at the 2007 World Championships and finished twelfth with her crew. In 2009 in Poznan , the Ukrainian foursome reached fifth place, in 2010 in New Zealand the Ukrainians rowed to fourth place. At the 2011 World Championships in Bled , the Ukrainians missed the A-final and finished eighth. From the crew from 2009 to 2011, the two rowers Kateryna Morosowa and Olena Puchajewa as well as the helmsman Volodymyr Koslow remained in the boat in 2012, with Andrij Stelmach and Denys Sobol two younger rowers joined them. The newly composed team won the bronze medal behind the British and the Germans at the 2012 Paralympics in Eton , with the Ukrainians only 0.21 seconds ahead of the fourth-placed Chinese at the finish. In 2013, Puchajewa and Kozlov from the team from 2012 were there when the Ukrainian foursome finished sixth at the World Championships in Chungju .

In September 2012, Puchayeva was awarded the Ukrainian Order of Princess Olga 3rd Class.

Web links


  1. dnepr.info ( archive link accessed on March 22, 2020)
  2. Paralympics 2012 result in four at worldrowing.com
  3. Decree of the President of Ukraine 46546/2012 of September 17, 2012