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Aleksey Akatyev (also Alexei Akatiev or Алексей Акатьев) (born 7 August 1974) is a pool and marathon swimmer and coach from Russia who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009.
Swimming Career Highlights
- He competed for Russia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
- He was the first Russian to transition from a world-class pool swimmer to a world-class marathon swimmer. *After competing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in two events, he won the 5 km and 25 km races at the 1998 FINA World Swimming Championships.
- He later established an open water school in Russia and served as the Russian national open water swim coach.
- At the 2000 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, he not only coached the team (including the Russian 5 km gold medalist and 25 km gold medalist), but also swam to a bronze medal in the 25 km, just over a minute slower than the swimmer he was coaching.
- He won the following medals at the FINA World Championships:
- 1994 25 km bronze
- 1998 5 km gold in Perth, Australia finishing in 55:18.6
- 1998 25 km gold in Perth, Australia finishing in 5 hours 5 minutes 42.1 seconds
- 1998 5 km team silver
- 2000 25 km bronze
- He won the following medals at the LEN European Championships:
- 1995 5 km gold
- 1995 25 km gold
- 1996 5 km gold
- 1996 25 km gold
- 1999 5 km silver
- 1999 25 km gold.
- He won the following medals on the FINA World Cup Series:
- 1999 30 km gold in Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)
- 2000 25 km gold in Bled (Slovenia)
- 2000 30 km bronze in Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)