Vadim Alexeev (Russian: Вадим Алексеев; ודים אלכסייב ; born April 21, 1970) is a retired world-class Soviet/Israeli Olympic breaststroke swimmer.[1][2] Alexeev was born in Almaty, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union. He is Jewish, and immigrated to Israel in 1992.[1][3] He speaks Russian.[1]


Alexeev held Soviet and Israeli records in the 1990s.[2]

He won the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke races at the 1986 European Junior Championships.[3]

At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, he took sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:16.7.[3] In 1989 he set the Soviet record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.11); it was the third-fastest time in the world that year.[3] That year he was one of the two fastest swimmers in Europe.[4] In 1990, he won a silver medal at the Goodwill Games in the 100-meter breastroke.[5]

At the 1994 World Championship, he set the Israeli record in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:15.47).[6] In 1995, he set the Israeli record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.52).[3]

At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he swam for Israel.[7] There, he swam the four-man 4x100 meter medley with Yoav Bruck, Eitan Urbach, and Dan Kutler.[8] The team reached the final, taking eighth place.[3]

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Tom Be'eri beat Alexeev's prior Israeli record in the men's 100-meter butterfly by one-tenth of a second (at 1:02.42).[9]

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