Russia’s best effort is a golden hat-trick in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Their debut happened in Leeds in 1993, they immediately clinched a silver medal. In the following editions they missed the semis only four times: though after 1995 the last three came in the last three editions in 2014 (5th place), in 2016 (6th) and in 2018 (5th).

They stand 9 for 13 in this regard and out of the 9 final rounds they medalled 8 times (3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze).After the medal-less Europeans and the disappointing home performance in Kazan 2015 (8th place) in between, they found their way back to podium.

They miraculously came back against Greece in the Olympic qualification tourney’s QF and later ended up with a bronze medal in Rio 2016. Another bronze came at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest and a third one in the World League Super Final in 2018.Russia is the only European team qualified for each edition of the Olympics so far, they have two bronzes from the first (2000) and the last (2016) editions.

Between the two they finished 5th in 2004, 7th in 2008 and 6th in 2012.At the Worlds they made the semis 8 times in 12 appearances, their best results are bronze medals from 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017 (5 times, but no final). Last summer they had to settle for the 5th place in Gwangju.In other FINA Events they could make the finals: they won the World League in 2008 and were runners-up in 2005 and 2013.

In the World Cup they had a silver from 1997.

Russia’s European quest in numbers: they played 86 games, had 56 wins, 6 draws and 24 losses. Their cumulative goal difference is 1021-648.(Article by LEN)

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