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Sport Swimming
Born22 Feb 1997 in Moscow, RUS
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Moscow, RUS
Armed Forces Athlete
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
His mother took him to a swimming pool to improve his health.
Club / Team
Central Sports Army Club [RUS] / Youth of Moscow [RUS]:
Name of coach
Alexander Nemtyrev [personal], RUS, from 2008
Training Regime
He does between 10 to 11 workouts a week. He goes to the gym on a Saturday and has a day off on Sunday.
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Professor [given to him by his teammates] (olympics.com, 14 Jan 2021)
Football, playing computer games. (olympics.com, 14 Jan 2021; rsport.ria.ru, 26 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 200m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and claiming gold and setting a world record in 200m breaststroke at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 May 2021; srsly.ru, 15 Jan 2021; swimswam.com, 26 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family and coach Alexander Nemtyrev. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Aleksandr Popov, Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always shave myself the night before a race. After that, the water feels completely different." (olympics.com, 14 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I'm nervous, then I'm ready. Excitement helps me." (olympics.com, 14 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
He finished third in the Male Swimmer of the Year category at the 2019 European Swimming League [LEN] Awards. He shared third place with compatriot Evgeny Rylov. (len.eu, 09 Jan 2020)

He was named Sportsman of the Year at the 2019 Pride of Russia Awards held by the Russian Ministry of Sport. (gazeta.ru, 12 Dec 2019)

He was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2019, 2017 and 2016 by the All-Russian Swimming Federation. (cska.ru, 23 Dec 2019; swimswam.com, 25 Dec 2017, 24 Dec 2016)

For his achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second grade] in the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 25 Aug 2016)

In 2016 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 11 Aug 2016)
Other information
He took a break from the sport after failing to win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He returned to the pool in late September 2021. "I had no idea of quitting swimming. I got upset then, at the Olympics, which is basically normal. After the Olympics it was necessary to rest, spend time with benefit, and recover. And then the understanding came that I was ready to fight. I don't want to set concrete guidelines for myself. There is no such thing that I decided to swim until some time. I just want to enjoy the process, and then we'll see how it goes." (rsport.ria.ru, 02 Oct 2021)

He competes in the breaststroke over both 100m and 200m but feels he better suited to the longer distance. "It seems to me that my body is more adapted to this distance [200m breaststroke]. Sprinters, after all, are more powerful, and I am taller and thinner, which is more suitable for 200m. But, in any case, I am good at 100m and I would like to progress at this distance. The 100m is a pure sprint, where you have to start quickly, pick up speed right away, not lose it, and add more speed at the finish line. The 100m is more tense, and the 200m is more intellectual. It's like a chess game. You need to be able to deconstruct this distance mathematically." (olympics.com, 14 Jan 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 59.93
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:07.24
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.22
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:07.70
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Breaststroke 2:06.12
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 59.19
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:06.96
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:09.96
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 59.49
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:06.99
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:06.80
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 59.06
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.03
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Breaststroke  DSQ
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Breaststroke 58.41
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2021   Overall Ranking  
3 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 57.56
6 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 26.90
3 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:03.08
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:02.71
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 57.30
3 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 59.83
1 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:08.37
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 58.94
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:07.71
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.38
6 2018   Overall Ranking  
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:02.10
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 57.46
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 56.97
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.86
3 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 59.89
1 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:08.77
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 57.01
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:01.70
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 59.53
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:07.59
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 56.69
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:01.73
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 56.99
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:01.57
35 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:04.23
6 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 57.43
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:02.83
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:04.08
6 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 57.97
7 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 26.81
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:01.65