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Vitaliy KHUDYAKOV
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Kazakhstan   
GenderMen
Born07 Aug 1994 in Bishkek, KGZ
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Evgeniia Berezovskaia
Residence
Aktobe, KAZ
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism: Almaty, KAZ
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training at age seven in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and took up open water swimming in 2012.
Why this sport?
He decided to switch to open water swimming to compete at the 2012 National Championships of Kazakhstan, which offered the chance to qualify for the world junior championships.
Club / Team
Aktobe School of Supreme Sports Skill [KAZ] / Central Sports Army Club [KAZ]: Taldykorgan, KAZ
Name of coach
Evgeny Khudyakov [father], KAZ
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading books, playing online games. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in both the 5km and 10km events at the 2019 Asian Championships in Kuwait. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2022; microplustiming.com, 19 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 08 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Soviet swimmer Vladimir Salnikov. (Athlete, 08 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have at least one more attempt, you have not lost yet." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2022)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2022)
Other information
COUNTDOWN SWIM
In August 2020 he completed a 56-kilometre swim in the Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan to coincide with the year countdown to the men's 10km race at the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. His swim, which overtook the previous record distance on the lake by 20km, was also designed to show support for health workers helping people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'm very happy that my efforts paid off and I achieved this. With this achievement, I would like to support all those who remain on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. On behalf of myself and the entire team, we would like to thank all people who are working to save lives and keep communities safe during this pandemic." (insidethegames.biz, 08 Aug 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:03.52
Heats 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:54.99
11 2016 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:13.08
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2022 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:23:10.4
34 2022 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:14.5
16 2022 Budapest, HUN 6km - Team Relay  
16 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 4:58:33.0
31 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 53:48.3
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:04:36.1
9 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 54:48.1
15 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:30.8
13 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:03:16.3
32 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:51:33.7
20 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 1:02:12.7
49 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:51:42.8
24 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 4:58:18.1
37 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 54:24.8
19 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:15.8
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
68 2021   10km  
37 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:51.6
  2020   10km  
27 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:11.3
60 2019   10km  
45 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:58.4
12 2019 Nantou, TPE 10km 1:58:47.3
25 2018   10km  
27 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:47.2
  2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km  DNF
16 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:49:54.70
26 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:20.0
  2018 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km  DNS
9 2018 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:57.7
17 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:56:52.80
22 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:57:15.08
20 2017   10km  
33 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:47:15.0
41 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:54:16.4
23 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:32:03.3
7 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:58:52.42
36 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:48:52.60
22 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:51:21.90
24 2016 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:57:36
18 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:29.2
23 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:43:05.87
15 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:18.1
9 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:16
49 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:44:44.00
18 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:57:53.43
18 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:13
21 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:48.6
  2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km  DNS
15 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:55:15.1
50 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:06:59.60
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Kuwait City, KUW 5km 1:12:27.0
1 2019 Kuwait City, KUW 10km 2:42:10.5
3 2018 Chonburi, THA 5km 56:22
3 2018 Chonburi, THA 10km 1:54:51
3 2017 Putrajaya, MAS 5km 1:00:49.3
1 2017 Putrajaya, MAS 10km 2:05:26.6