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Elvira Vasilkova

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameElvira Adolfovna•Vasilkova (-Buchenkova)
Used nameElvira•Vasilkova
Original nameЭльвира Адольфовна•Василькова (-Бученкова)
Born15 May 1962 in Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk (RUS)
Measurements172 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsTrud Sverdlovsk, Yekaterinburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Belarus


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1980 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) URS BLR Elvira Vasilkova
100 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 3 Bronze

Olympic family relations