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Henrik CHRISTIANSEN
Sport Swimming
NOC Norway   
GenderMen
Born09 Oct 1996 in LillestrÝm, NOR
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
LillestrÝm, NOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports as a child including football, speed skating and breakdancing. After he discovered swimming, a bet made with a friend during a Christmas break developed his passion for the sport. "It was about attending the most training sessions during the holiday. That really gave me the taste for swimming."
Club / Team
Lambertseter SK: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Petter Lovberg [national], NOR; Ronnie Anstensen [personal], NOR, from 2014
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (olympiatoppen.no, 01 Aug 2016)
Injuries
He had inflammation in his knee in 2020. (nettavisen.no, 26 May 2020)

He was sidelined for three months due to a shoulder injury in 2018. (nettavisen.no, 26 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is swimming that I enjoy the most now. I will be swimming for many years to come. And that is motivating, to have a clear goal of becoming the best in the world." (nettavisen.no, 26 May 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Breakthrough of the Year at the 2016 Norwegian Sports Gala. (rb.no, 09 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to win gold at the world championships. (nrk.no, 23 Nov 2020; proaktiv.no, 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
21 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 3:48.88
9 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 7:48.37
21 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:11.14
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:50.09
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:02.66
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:47.90
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 14:45.35
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 7:41.28
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:46.99
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 7:44.21
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 14:54.58
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:49.31
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:46.96
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:21.67
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 7:45.66
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:49.09
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:02.37
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:47.71
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:19.39
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:36.64
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 1500m Freestyle 14:33.56 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:41.18
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:45.53
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:46.58
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:12.32
18 2014 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:50.61
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:42.75
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:05.19
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 7:47.99
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:46.87
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 7:46.75
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:47.07
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 14:56.47
6 2016 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 7:51.84
7 2016 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 15:04.60
2 2016 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 3:46.49
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:50.17
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 14:18.15
6 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:39.10
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 1500m Freestyle 14:25.66
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Freestyle 3:38.63
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 1500m Freestyle 14:23.60
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Freestyle 3:37.26
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley  DNS
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Individual Medley 4:28.53
13 2013 Herning, DEN 1500m Freestyle 14:57.31
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:49.15
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Freestyle 3:49.86
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:21.53
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 3:38.42
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 1500m Freestyle 14:26.48
9 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:46.18
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:39.88
6 2012 Stockholm, SWE 1500m Freestyle 15:14.31