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List of famous athletes from Ukraine, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ukraine has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Ukrainian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Ukraine and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Ukraine then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different athletes, like Serhiy Rybalka and Ihor Bazhan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Ukrainian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Ukraine?"

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Sergei Bubka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Sergei Bubka Serhiy Nazarovych Bubka is a former Ukrainian pole vaulter. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991, was twice named Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News, and in ...more

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Valentina Fedyushina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Valentina Fedyushina Valentina Fedjuschina born 10 February 1965 in Moscow, is a retired Austrian shot putter. She originally competed for Soviet Union and Ukraine, but became an Austrian citizen in 1999 to compete ...more

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Oksana Grishuk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oksana Grishuk Oksana Vladimirovna Grishuk is a Russian former competitive ice dancer. She is best known for her partnership with Evgeni Platov from 1989–1998. With Platov, she is a two-time Olympic champion, ...more

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Yuriy Kalitvintsev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Yuriy Kalitvintsev FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv Yuriy Mykolayovych Kalitvintsev is a former footballer, Ukraine international who after retiring works as a coach in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Master of Sports, International Class. He ...more

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Nataliya Rusnachenko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Nataliya Rusnachenko Nataliya Rusnachenko is a Ukrainian former handball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Summer Olympics and for Austria in the 1992 Summer Olympics and in the 2000 Summer ...more

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Serhiy Kandaurov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Serhiy Kandaurov Serhiy Viktorovych Kandaurov is a retired Ukrainian football player and now coach of FC Arsenal Kharkiv. He has played in clubs like Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine and Maccabi Haifa FC in Israel ...more

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Viktor Leonenko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Viktor Leonenko Viktor Yevhenovych Leonenko is a former footballer and Ukraine international. At least since 2006 he is a football commentator and analyst for the televised football forum "3 time" at ...more

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Alona Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Alona Bondarenko Alona Volodymyrivna Bondarenko Dyachok is a retired Ukrainian tennis player. She has a younger sister Kateryna Bondarenko who also plays on the Tour. She formerly paired with her older sister ...more

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Kateryna Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Kateryna Bondarenko Kateryna Volodymyrivna Bondarenko is a professional female tennis player from Ukraine and a doubles champion at Australian Open 2008. The younger sister of professional tennis players Valeria ...more

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Tatiana Volosozhar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Tatiana Volosozhar Tatiana Andreyеvna Volosozhar is a Russian pair skater. With Maxim Trankov, she is the two times 2014 Olympic champion in the pairs and in team events, the 2013 World champion, a three-time ...more

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Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Wladimir Klitschko Wladimir Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer who competes in the heavyweight division. He is a multiple-time world champion. Klitschko has held a piece of the world heavyweight ...more

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Valj Semerenko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Valj Semerenko Valentyna Oleksandrivna Semerenko, known also as Valya Semerenko and featuring in statistics as Valj Semerenko is a Ukrainian biathlete.

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Lilia Vaygina-Efremova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Lilia Vaygina-Efremova Lilia Vaygina-Efremova is a Ukrainian biathlete. On February 16, 2006, she won the Winter Olympics bronze medal for the 7.5 km biathlon competition, becoming the first Ukrainian athlete to win a ...more

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Yana Klochkova is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Yana Klochkova Yana Oleksandrivna Klochkova is a Ukrainian swimmer, who has won five Olympic medals in her career, with four of them being gold. She is Master of Sports, World Class and the only multi gold ...more

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Nataliya Dobrynska is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Nataliya Dobrynska Nataliya Dobrynska is a Ukrainian heptathlete. She is the 2008 Olympic champion and also holds the heptathlon best in the shot put. Her indoor pentathlon best of 5013 points is the world record ...more

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Iryna Merleni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Iryna Merleni Irini Merleni-Mykulchyn is a Ukrainian wrestler, who competed in the – 48 kg weight class at the 2004 Summer Olympics and claimed the gold medal. In the same event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, ...more

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Leonard Krupnik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Leonard Krupnik New York Red Bulls Leonard Krupnik is a Soviet-born American-Israeli soccer player who currently plays for Maccabi Umm al-Fahm.

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Evgeni Aldonin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Evgeni Aldonin PFC CSKA Moscow Evgeni Valerievich Aldonin is a Russian footballer who last played for FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod. He once told the press that he could not stand "those filthy krauts". He is similar to ...more

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Yozhef Sabo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Yozhef Sabo FC Dynamo Kyiv Yozhef Yozhefovich Sabo is a former Soviet football player of Hungarian background. He is baptized as a Greek-Catholic.

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Nadiya Didenko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Nadiya Didenko Nadiya Didenko is a freestyle skier.

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Marian Pahars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Marian Pahars FK Jūrmala Marians Pahars is a Latvian former footballer, currently the manager of Latvia national football team. He spent most of his career as a striker with Southampton in the Premier League and with ...more

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Taras Stepanenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Taras Stepanenko FC Metalurh Zaporizhya Taras Mykolayovych Stepanenko is a Ukrainian footballer, who is currently playing for FC Shakhtar Donetsk. He started his career at Metalurh Zaporizhya, making his debut in 2007, before joining ...more

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Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko Oleksiy Oleksandrovych Mykhaylychenko, is a Ukrainian football coach and former professional football player. He is the Distinguished Master of Sports of USSR and the Distinguished Coach of ...more

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Olena Antonova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Olena Antonova Olena Anatolyevna Antonova is a Ukrainian former discus thrower. She was born in Nikopol. Antonova's personal best throw is 67.30 metres, achieved in June 2004 in Kiev. She won the bronze medal ...more

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Tatiana Perebiynis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Tatiana Perebiynis Tatiana Yurevna Perebiynis is a former professional tennis player from Ukraine. She reached the Wimbledon junior girls' singles final in 2000, and won the Wimbledon juniors doubles final that ...more

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Nataliya Tobias is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Nataliya Tobias Nataliya Viktorivna Tobias, née Sydorenko is a female middle distance runner from Ukraine, who specializes in the 1500 metres. Tobias received a two-year ban in 2012 for testing positive ...more

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Oleksandr Horshkov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oleksandr Horshkov FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Oleksandr Horshkov is an association football coach and former midfielder. He last managed FC Saturn Ramenskoye.

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Mariya Koryttseva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Mariya Koryttseva Mariya Koryttseva is a Ukrainian female tennis player. Her career high ranking is No. 50 in the world, which she achieved on 18 August 2008. Her biggest career highlight so far is a surprising ...more

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Tymerlan Huseynov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Tymerlan Huseynov FC Dniester Ovidiopol Tymerlan Rustamovych Huseynov is a former Ukrainian footballer who is now sporting director of FC Dniester Ovidiopol. He was the Ukrainian Premier League's top goalscorer in the 1993–94 and ...more

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Ivan Kryvosheyenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Ivan Kryvosheyenko FC Vorskla Poltava Ivan Kryvosheyenko is a professional Ukrainian football striker who last played for FC Vorskla Poltava in the Ukrainian Premier League.

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Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Andrei Kanchelskis FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis is a Ukrainian-born Russian former professional footballer and former manager of FC Jūrmala. As a player from 1988 to 2006, he was a right winger, and is ...more

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Oksana Khvostenko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oksana Khvostenko Oksana Khvostenko is a Ukrainian biathlete. In 2011 Ukraine initially finished 2nd in the relay but was later disqualified because she had too high levels of ephedrine in a doping test.

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Oleh Kuznetsov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oleh Kuznetsov Oleh Volodymyrovych Kuznetsov is a former professional Soviet Ukrainian football player. Kuznetsov had started playing football when he was 8 years old. However, it was not until he was 20 when ...more

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Mykhaylo Kozak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Mykhaylo Kozak FC Lviv Mykhaylo Stepanovych Kozak is a professional Ukrainian football striker who last played for FC Vorskla Poltava in the Ukrainian Premier League.

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Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Andriy Shevchenko FC Dynamo Kyiv Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is a former Ukrainian footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, and the Ukrainian national team as a striker. Shevchenko is ranked as the fifth top ...more

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Ilya Tsymbalar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Ilya Tsymbalar FC Shinnik Yaroslavl Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar was a professional football player and coach. A midfielder, he represented both Ukraine and Russia on the international level.

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Iryna Lishchynska is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Iryna Lishchynska Iryna Lishchynska, née Nedelenko is a Ukrainian middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres.

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Viktor Onopko is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Viktor Onopko PFC CSKA Moscow Viktor Savelyevich Onopko is an association football coach and a former defender and holds the record for most international appearances for the Russian national team. Currently he works as an ...more

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Valentina Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Valentina Shevchenko Valentina Shevchenko is a Ukrainian cross country skier who has been competing in the World Cup since the 1995–96 season.

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Andriy Kis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Andriy Kis Andriy Kis is a Ukrainian luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 14th in the men's doubles event at Turin in 2006. Kis's best finish at ...more

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Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oleg Salenko Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko is a retired Russian footballer, who played as a striker. He scored a record five goals in a group stage match in the 1994 World Cup, helping him earn the Golden Boot ...more

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Vitali Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Vitali Klitschko Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and the current Mayor of Kiev, head of the Kiev City State Administration and former professional boxer. He is the leader of the ...more

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Yuriy Nikiforov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Yuriy Nikiforov Yuri Valeryevich Nikiforov is a retired Ukrainian-Russian footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

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Yuriy Hayduk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Yuriy Hayduk Yuriy Hayduk is a Ukrainian luger who has competed since 2003. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 14th in the men's doubles event at Turin in 2006. Hayduk best finish ...more

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Ruslan Fedotenko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Ruslan Fedotenko New York Rangers Ruslan Viktorovych Fedotenko is an Ukrainian professional ice hockey winger, currently playing for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on a professional try out contract. A two-time ...more

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Oleksandr Melaschenko is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Oleksandr Melaschenko FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Oleksandr Melaschenko is a Ukrainian footballer, who currently plays for FC Nove Zhyttya in the Poltava Oblast league. He plays as a striker. His previous clubs include Vorskla Poltava, Dynamo ...more

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Leonid Buryak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Leonid Buryak FC Dynamo Kyiv Leonid Yosipovich Buryak is a Ukrainian football coach and former Olympic bronze-medal-winning player. Buryak, who is Jewish, was a midfielder for the USSR national football team, and competed ...more

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Elena Liashenko is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Elena Liashenko Elena Liashenko is a Ukrainian figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist and won nine medals on the Grand Prix series, including three golds. She competed at four Olympics.

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Akhrik Tsveiba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Akhrik Tsveiba Akhrik Sokratovich Tsveiba is a retired Soviet association footballer who currently works as a scout for FC Dynamo Moscow. His son Sandro Tsveiba is a professional footballer as well.

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Alexei Ponikarovsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Ukraine
Alexei Ponikarovsky New Jersey Devils Oleksiy Volodymyrovych "Alexei" Ponikarovsky is a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey