Eugene Zozulya is a Russian extreme swimmer from Vladivostok.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He was a member of the unprecedented 5-person 50 km relay across Lake Baikal in Siberia together with Oleg Dokuchaev, Maria Chizhova, Pavel Komarov, and Andrey Bugay on 4-5 August 2020 in 16 hours 11 minutes.
- He participated in the Peter the Great Gulf Swim, a 160 km circumnavigation swim relay around the Empress Eugénie Archipelago in Far East Russia on 16-18 July 2020 that was performed in honor of the 160th anniversary of Vladivostok together with Oleg Dokuchaev, Maria Chizhova, Ivan Dokuchaev, Pavel Komarov, Oksana Beletskaya, Veronika Kuznetsova, Igor Galaktionov, Alexander Smirnov, Sergey Tyurin, Dmitry Voronin, Ratmir Voronin, Zaur Zakrailov, Andrey Bugai, Tatiana Aleksandrova, and Oleg Adamov; the Governor of Primorsky region Oleg Kozhemyako swam the first 200 meters.
2020 WOWSA Awards
The Lake Baikal Relay Eco-Crossing was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category with the following nomination: Russian swimmers Oleg Dokuchaev, Maria Chizhova, Pavel Komarov, Eugene Zozulya from Vladivostok and Andrey Bugay from Irkutsk crossed Lake Baikal that holds 20% of all drinking water on Planet Earth. Situated in the southern part of the Eastern Siberia, the quintet of Russian swimmers completed the 50 km course in 16 hours 11 minutes from Vydrino, Buryatia in 30-minute rotations as the water temperature fell from 14°C to 12°C and the air temperature dropped to 5°C and the winds picked up. Conditions continued to get worse until the water sunk to 5°C over the final 2 km, ending in Listvyanka, Irkutsk where the coldest water from the depths flow out to the Angara River. For dealing with increasingly colder and tougher over the entire 15-hour ordeal, for maintaining a high level of mutual support and focus while repeatedly handling the back-to-back immersions in cold water, and for completing an unprecedented relay crossing of the deepest lake in the world, the unprecedented Lake Baikal Relay Eco-Crossing by Oleg Dokuchaev, Maria Chizhova, Pavel Komarov, Eugene Zozulya, and Andrey Bugay of Russia is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.