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Olena BURYAK

Ukraine UKR

Athlete

  • Gender
    W
  • Birthdate
    8 Feb 1988
  • Height
    193 cm
  • Weight
    82 kg
  • Place of residence
    Mikolaiv , Ukraine
  • Clubs
    Spartak Kiev
  • Started Rowing in
    1998
  • Hobbies
    music

Recent results

2019 World Rowing Championships - Linz Ottensheim, AUT

Class Race Final Time
W2- UKR FC Final 1 07:13.780
W2- UKR SC/D 1 Semifinal 1 07:16.900
W2- UKR Q1 Quarterfinal 4 07:15.950
W2- UKR H2 Heat 2 07:19.730

2019 European Rowing Championships - Lucerne, SUI

Class Race Final Time
W2- UKR FB Final 1 07:22.730
W2- UKR SA/B 2 Semifinal 4 07:18.260
W2- UKR H1 Heat 3 07:25.710

Olena Buryak (UKR)

Athlete of the Month – January 2020

Ukrainian Olena Buryak is a World Rowing Cup and European Championship medallist. But she’s really made her mark off the water. Buryak is the fastest woman indoor rower in the world – she’s both the reigning indoor World Champion, World Urban Games winner and the World Record holder over 2000m with a time of 6 minutes and 22.8 seconds.  She tells us about how she approaches racing on the land.

World Rowing: Why did you first start rowing and why do you keep rowing?
Olena Buryak: I started rowing at 11 because I wanted to try anything.  More than 20 years on, I do it because I can! It’s my inspiration - to feel and to see emotions at the finish line.

WR: What is the achievement you are most proud of?
OB:  My best achievement is qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games.  My team got in on the last chance after only 12 weeks of preparation.

WR: Where are your favourite places to train?
OB: Mykolayiv (my home) and Sabaudia (Italy).

WR: Where are you favourite places to race?
OB:  Lucerne (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany).

WR: When did you first realise you were very good at indoor rowing?
OB: Well, I was 15 and did the 2000m test better than my rowing friends. At 19 I became a champion and the Ukrainian record holder and at 23 decided to compete in the international arena – it was only there I understood: well, I’m not bad on the erg!

WR: How do you prepare for an indoor competition differently from an outdoor one?
OB: Usually I don’t prepare for it - I just add some short and fast distances to my training.

WR: What is going through your mind in an indoor race?
OB: Calculating. I’m counting every stroke (don’t know why) and calculating my time. Very often I’m angry when coaches shout loudly to their athletes what to do - it’s distracting.

WR: What do you want to achieve in 2020?
OB: My goal for this year is Olympic qualification and the best result in Tokyo 2020

WR: What do you do when you are not rowing?
OB: Biking and walking.

WR: What do you do for fun?
OB: Travelling and spending time with my friends or family.

WR: Which sports person do you most admire?
OB: Ekaterina Karsten. She is an unbelievable person.