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- 05. January 2009.

Russian to lead British Diving to 2012 Olympics

British Diving will appoint the Head Coach of the Russian Diving team to the role of National Performance Director tasked with leading Britain to the 2012 Olympics.

Russian Alexei Evangulov will undertake the post from March and will be responsible for driving forward the British Diving programme over the next quadrennial leading to the London Olympics.

A former international diver from 1974 to 1980, Evangulov has overseen the management of the Russian Diving programme over the past 16 years and lead Russia to three silver and two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Britain's new appointment is pleased to be joining a nation he believes has shown impressive improvement over recent years.

"I have been carefully watching British Diving as head coach of the Russian Diving Federation and it has grown and developed into a into a strong nation on the world stage," said Evangulov.

"I've noticed great progress in British Diving both in the National and in the junior teams. The fact that there were seven finalists from Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics speaks for itself and as National Performance Director I'm looking forward to continuing this good work."

British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes is pleased with Evangulov's appointment and believes it will have a real impact on diving in Britain in the lead up to London 2012.

"I am very excited that Alexei has agreed to join British Diving," said Sparkes. "He has a wealth of experience and will now take our programme to the next level while giving the leadership it requires into the London Olympics."

For the past 16 years Evangulov has been Vice President of the Russian Diving Federation while he has sat on the LEN Technical Diving Committee since 1994.

Last month Evangulov was selected as Head Lecturer at the FINA Diving Coaches Clinic in Russia. This clinic was given in English and demonstrated Evangulov's excellent command of the language.
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