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Daniel ZAITSEV
Sport Swimming
NOC Estonia   
GenderMen
Born13 Dec 1997
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Armed Forces, Athlete
Languages
English, Estonian, Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Tallinn University: Estonia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2006, at age eight, at the Tareke club in Tallinn, Estonia. He also took part in football and basketball as a child.
Why this sport?
He was taken to a swimming session by his parents.
Club / Team
Spordiklubi Garant: Tallinn, EST
Name of coach
Valeri Gabisonia [club], RUS
General Interest
Famous relatives
His older sister Katrin Zaitseva has represented Estonia in triathlon, competing at the 2019 European Cup event in Kecskemet, Hungary. She has also won multiple national swimming titles in Estonia. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Dec 2021; esbl.ee, 09 Nov 2021)
Other information
ARMED FORCES
He joined the Estonian Defence Forces in July 2021. "I was able to start playing sports in the Defence Forces at the beginning of September, and now I am a conscript. I don't think the Defence Forces will impact my form negatively. The training is strong and my hopes and goals are still alive." (sport.err.ee, 23 Oct 2021)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 26.01
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.45
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.56
15 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.38
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 49.44
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 23.31
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 22.46
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.88
25 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.94 
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Butterfly 51.30
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.38
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.61
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 47.42
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.91
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 23.14
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Freestyle 22.01
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
26 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Backstroke 25.76
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 53.06
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 23.82
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 49.73
  2022 Rome, ITA 50m Freestyle  
Heats 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.40
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 25.62
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.32
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.39
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 49.51
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 23.82
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 53.61
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 23.12
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 50.65
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.90
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 24.32
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 53.92
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 22.98
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 50.62
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.51
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.39
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 51.67
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 23.89
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 48.66
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 21.47
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 51.45
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 22.39
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 23.32
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 52.61
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 21.90
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.85
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 23.37
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 53.52
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 22.18
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:34.72
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 24.47