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Wojciech WOJDAK
Sport Swimming
NOC Poland   
Born13 Mar 1996 in Brzesko, POL
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wife Katarzyna
Brzesko, POL
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training at age eight in Brzesko, Poland.
Why this sport?
As a child he tried judo, volleyball, and swimming. As he liked being in the water, his parents took him to a swimming pool in Brzesko, Poland. He was noticed by a swimming coach, who convinced his parents to sign him up to the local swimming club.
Club / Team
BOSiR Brzesko: Poland
Name of coach
Marcin Kacer [club], POL
Training Regime
"We train in the water for a total of four hours, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. We have an hour outside the pool, either for jogging combined with exercises with balls or other equipment, or for general development exercises. In the latter, we introduced MMA training. We wanted there to be something else during the preparations, so there wasn't just swimming all the time, but also a kind of springboard so we could relax and focus on something else."
General Interest
Wojtek (Facebook profile, 11 Jan 2020)
History, reading, cycling. (glos24.pl, 16 May 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 800m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fithero.pl, 03 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (Telewizja Tarnowska.tv YouTube channel, 20 Aug 2015)
In January 2018 he broke a bone in his foot and could not train in the water for about a month. (sport.tvp.pl, 27 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work is the key. In my opinion, talent alone is not enough." (fithero.pl, 03 Jul 2018)
Other information
In October 2019 he moved to Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, to train under the guidance of coach Shane Tusup. He returned to training in Brzesko, Poland, during the COVID-19 pandemic to reunite with coach Marcin Kacer. "Choosing to work with Tulup, I wanted to have someone to race and compete with. In Brzesko I did not have sparring partners or anyone who could help me train at the appropriate level. So I thought that if I moved elsewhere and had someone to compete with, I would get better. It turned out that it doesn't quite work that way. At the new base, my training was not adapted to my races, so it did not work out for me and that's it. After I left BOSiR Brzesko, both the coach Marcin Kacer and the director Marek Dadej wanted me to return to the club and make it easier for me. Without them, all the preparations would have been harder." (glos24.pl, 16 May 2021; temi.pl, 25 Jan 2021)

In 2016 he set up the Wojdak & Balabuch Swimming School in Brzesko, Poland, together with fellow Polish swimmer Krystian Balabuch. (fithero.pl, 03 Jul 2018; wojciechwojdak.com, 01 Aug 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:48.87
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 15:13.18
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 7:50.64
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 15:16.14
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 3:48.81
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 7:41.73
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:01.27
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:46.73
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:14.28
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:46.81
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 7:45.90
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 1500m Freestyle 14:47.17
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:39.22
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 1500m Freestyle 14:25.37 
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:37.90
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 7:56.83
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:49.08
Heats 2016 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 3:49.05
6 2016 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 14:59.66
4 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle 14:48.06
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:48.34
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:46.29
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Freestyle 3:37.57
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 1500m Freestyle 14:38.90
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:54.71
4 2019 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 15:20.82
7 2019 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:37.76
7 2019 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:52.87
8 2019 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 15:44.24
6 2019 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 16:00.50
72 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:43.52
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 14:54.24
22 2017   Overall  
3 2017 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:30.57
2 2017 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:42.98
4 2017 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:48.91
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Freestyle 3:43.23
3 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:00.33
8 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:45.82
4 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:41.26