Lidiya Grebets

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLidiya Ivanovna•Grebets (-Soshneva)
Used nameLidiya•Grebets
Original nameЛидия Ивановна•Гребец (-Сошнева)
Other namesLidiya Ivanivna Hrebets (-Soshneva), Лідія Іванівна Гребець (-Сошнева)
Born11 April 1953 in Poltava, Poltava (UKR)
Measurements166 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsCSKA, Poltava
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Ukraine


Specializing in freestyle sprints, Lidiya Grebets was selected to the Soviet national team in 1967 after winning the 100 m freestyle gold at the European Junior Championships. At the 1968 Olympics, she reached the semifinals in the 100 freestyle, was fourth with the Soviet 4x100 medley relay and was eliminated in the heats of 4x100 m freestyle relay. Domestically she won a Soviet 4x100 m freestyle relay title in 1967, 100 m freestyle silvers in 1967 and 1968, 200 m freestyle silver in 1969, and 200 m freestyle bronze in 1968.

After finishing her sporting career, Grebets graduated from Poltava State National Medical University in 1976 with a degree in obstetrics and gynecology. After finishing her postgraduate studies at the Leningrad Medical Institute of Sanitary and Hygiene (later named St. Petersburg I. I. Menchikov State Medical Academy) in 1985, Grebets has worked as a gynecologist at Maternity Hospital Nr. 2 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Personal bests: 100 m freestyle – 1:01.8 (1967); 200 m freestyle – 2:20.2 (1969).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) URS UKR Lidiya Grebets
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 19
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 10
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 4


Year of birth usually seen as 1943 but this DOB comes from her daughter.