Natalia Shliakhtenko

Natalia Shliakhtenko
Natalia Shliakhtenko checking in at the European Cup triathlon in Antalya, 2011.
Natalia Shliakhtenko at the European Cup triathlon in Antalya, 2011.
Natalia Shliakhtenko representing Stade Poitevin in the prestigious French Club Championship Series Lyonnaise des Eaux, 2010.
Natalia Shliakhtenko preparing for the Triathlon de Dunkerque, 2010.
Natalia Shliakhtenko coming out of the water first, was also leading the bike race in Alanya, 2009.

Natalia Sergeyevna Shliakhtenko (Russian Наталья Сергеевна Шляхтенко, also transliterated as Natalya Shlyakhtenko; born 7 July 1987 in Saint Petersburg) is a professional Russian triathlete, Master of Sport, and reserve member of the National Team.[1]


Russian Competitions

In Russia, Shliakhtenko had her definite breakthrough in the year 2004 when she won the Junior Championships.[2] In 2005 again, she won the Junior Championships and also the team competition of the University Championships for her university, the State Technological and Design University of St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет технологии и дизайна), finishing in the second place in the individual ranking. In the subsequent year, she took part in the First Summer Spartakiad of the Russian Youth (Первая Летняя Спартакиада молодежи России) held in Khanty-Mansiysk on 2 August 2006, and won the gold medal in triathlon.[3] For this great success she was included into a ministerial list of some 600 meritorious young sportsmen and sportswomen to be granted 60,000 rubles each. In this list, however, a state-run elite sports school (Государственное учреждение среднего профессионального образования «Санкт-Петербургское училище олимпийского резерва № 1», г. Санкт-Петербургa) is given as Natalia Shliakhtenko's institution, not the Technological University for which she won gold in the previous year.[4] In the years 2008/09 and 2009/10, Shliakhtenko also won the swimming championship (50m) of her university.[5]

At the Russian Championships of the year 2009 in Penza she represented her St. Petersburg club Dinamo[6] and placed third in the U23 Sprint and fourth in the U23 competition on the Olympic Distance. In the team ranking, however, she placed fourth in the Elite category. According to the Russian Triathlon Federation's ranking of the year 2009 she was number 7 among all Russian female elite triathletes[7] and placed fifth in the Russian Cup, sharing this position with Yevgeniya Sukhoruchenkova.[8] In the same year, she was conferred upon the prestigious title Master of Sports (Мастер срорта России)[9] and had almost won two medals at two Asian Cup triathlons, which, however, were not competitive since in Kokshetau, for instance, apart from Shliakhtenko there were only four female competitors, one from Ukraine (Inna Tsyganok placing 1st) and three from Russia.[10]

In 2009 Shliakhtenko also won the silver medal at the World Police and Fire Games in Canada (8 August 2009) representing the Russian Home Affairs Ministry.[11]

At the Russian Triathlon Championships of the year 2010 she won the U23 bronze medal on the Olympic Distance behind Burova and Mariya Shorets,[12] in the Elite Russian Cup ranking she placed second although she took part in only two of the seven events,[13] and she was no. 7 in the overall female ranking (Рейтинг).[14]

At the Russian Elite Aquathlon Championships 2011, Shliakhtenko placed 6th.[15]

At the World Police and Fire Games 2011 in New York, Shliakhtenko again represented the Russian Home Affairs Ministry as a Senior Police Sergeant (старший сержант полици) and won 10 medals in various swimming and running disciplines.[16]

French Club Championship Series

In 2010, like the Ukrainian triathlete Inna Tsyganok, Shliakhtenko represented Stade Poitevin Triathlon[17] at the prestigious French Club Championship Series Lyonnaise des Eaux. At the first triathlon of this circuit at Dunkirk (23 May 2010), Shliakhtenko placed 38th and, as her club's second best runner, she was among the three athlètes classants l'equipe, all of whom were foreign guest stars: Felicity Sheedy Ryan (Australia, 22nd), Shliakhtenko (Russia, 38th) and Holly Lawrence (Great Britain, 49th).[18] Nevertheless, the club's president, Bruno Grignard, was discontented.[19]

At the Grand Prix triathlon in Paris Shliakhtenko placed 24th.[20]

In 2011, Shlyakhtenko is not part of Stade Poitevin Triathlon any longer.[21] At the Triathlon de Dunkerque (22 May 2011), however, she again represented Stade Poitevin replacing Holly Lawrence although Shlyakhtenko's name does not appear in the official start list.[22] Shlyakhtenko placed 33rd in the individual ranking and thus was among Stade Poitevin's three triathlètes classants l'équipe.

ITU Competitions

In the eight years from 2003 to 2010, Shliakhtenko took part in 17 ITU competitions and achieved 6 top ten positions. In 2003, she took part in her first European Cup and, at the age of 16, she placed 22nd among the World Elite.

Natalia's sisters Galina, who is also a well known free diver[23] and the Russian 2010 free diving silver medalist,[24] and Tanya placed 19th and 26th at the same triathlon in Alanya, which henceforth should become Natalia Shliakhtenko’s home competition, as it were. In 2006 Natalia Shliakhtenko won the Junior gold medal in Alanya, and in 2009 she placed 12th in the Elite category, having already achieved an Elite top-ten position in 2008, as she did in 2010.

Unless indicated otherwise, all the following events are triathlons (Olympic Distance) and belong to the Elite category.[25]

Date ITU Competition Place Rank
  2003-10-22   European Cup Alanya 22
  2004-10-27   European Cup[26] Alanya 16
  2005-07-23   European Championships (Junior)[27] Alexandroupoli(s) 41
  2005-10-26   Premium European Cup Alanya 27
  2006-06-23   European Championships (Junior) Autun 29
  2006-09-02   World Championships (Junior) Lausanne 38
  2006-10-18   European Cup (Junior) Alanya 1
  2007-07-21   European Championships (U23) Kuopio 19
  2007-07-21   European Championships (U23): Women Team Relay Kuopio 4
  2007-10-24   Premium European Cup Alanya 23
  2008-06-28   9th University World Championships (Elite) Erdek 26
  2008-10-26   Premium European Cup Alanya 10
  2009-07-05   Premium Asia Cup Burabay 5
  2009-07-12   Asia Cup Kokshetau 4
  2009-10-25   Premium European Cup Alanya 12
  2010-04-11   European Cup[28] Quarteira DSQ
  2010-10-24   Premium European Cup Alanya 9
  2011-04-03   European Cup Antalya 25

External links


  1. ^ Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. ^ See Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  3. ^ See Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  4. ^ See Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  5. ^ See Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  6. ^ Cf. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  7. ^ See Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  8. ^ See Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  9. ^ See Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  10. ^ See Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  11. ^ See Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  12. ^ See Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  13. ^ See Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  14. ^ See Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  15. ^ See Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  16. ^ Cf. and Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  17. ^ See Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  18. ^ See Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  19. ^ See Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  20. ^ See Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  21. ^ See Retrieced 2 May 2011.
  22. ^ Official Start List: Lancereau, Sheedy-Ryan, Tsyganok, Holly Lawrence, Leroux. See Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  23. ^ See Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  24. ^ See Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  25. ^ See Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  26. ^ This competition is missing in the ITU lists of all participating athletes, though it may be found in this hidden place: Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  27. ^ The European Championships of 2005 in Alexandroupoli(s) are not indicated in any of the Profile Pages of the participating triathletes, though it can be found e.g. on this hidden page: Retrieved on 5 December 2009.
  28. ^ For four of the seven female Russian participants this very first European Cup of the year 2010 turned out to be unhappy. Yevgeniya Sukhoruchenkova placed 32nd after a bike accident and three elite triathletes were disqualified: Olga Dmitrieva, who would have won the silver medal, because she had used a wheel tyre of another team, and Alexandra Razaryonova (Razarenova) and Natalia Shliakhtenko because of some misunderstanding concerning the penalty box. Cf. and Retrieved 18 May 2010.

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