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Evgeniy RYLOV
Sport Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderMen
Born23 Sep 1996 in Novotroitsk, RUS
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vidnoye, RUS
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Moscow State Academy of Physical Education: Malakhovka, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Novotroitsk, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
"I loved water and, when my mother suggested going to the pool, I gladly agreed. I started swimming at the age of six and, when I got passionate about football, I decided to train in both sports. A couple of years later, the workload increased significantly and I quit football because I did not like team sports. When I noticed that one of the guys underplayed, I got frustrated. I was very annoyed by those who freeloaded. There is no such thing in swimming. I am responsible for the result."
Club / Team
Dynamo: Russia
Name of coach
Andrey Shishin [personal], RUS, from 2010; Dmitry Lazarev [personal]
General Interest
Nicknames
Zhenya (VK profile, 04 Feb 2022)
Hobbies
Reading books on psychology, going out with friends. (olympic.ru, 01 Mar 2020; dynamo.su, 15 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (Athlete, 25 Jul 2015)
Injuries
Following the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he competed with pain in his shoulder, he had to miss that year's Russian national short course championships and the 2017 European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, while he recovered from the injury. (rsport.ria.ru, 15 Nov 2017)

He suffered a fractured spine after falling off a slide as a child. (the-challenger.ru, 28 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always work to the limit. It's not a matter of chance, but of desire. I want to prove to myself that I am the best in the world." (the-challenger.ru, 28 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the 2021 European Male Swimmer of the Year award from swimming website SwimSwam in its Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2021)

He was named Swimming World magazine's European Male Swimmer of the Year for 2021. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Dec 2021)

He received the National Sports Award at the 2021 Pride of Russia awards ceremony. (rsport.ria.ru, 08 Dec 2021)

In recognition of his achievements at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he received the Order of Friendship from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 11 Aug 2021)

In 2018 he was named GQ Russia Magazine Sportsman of the Year. He shared the same award for 2021 with four other Russian athletes who won gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (gq.ru, 16 Sep 2021; swimswam.com, 20 Sep 2018)

He was named Sportsman of the Year in 2017 and 2016 by the Russian Swimming Federation. He shared the award in both years with Anton Chupkov. (swimswam.com, 25 Dec 2017, 24 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. For winning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he also received the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [second class] from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016; minsport.gov.ru, 12 Aug 2016)

He was named 2015 Male Swimmer of the Year by the Russian Swimming Federation. (russwimming.ru, 21 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
His father Mikhail played football professionally at national level and has coached a football team in Magnitogorsk, Russian Federation. (teleprogramma.pro, 17 Dec 2019; uniorsport.ru, 23 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (olympics.com, 26 Jan 2022)
Other information
BACKSTROKE AND FREESTYLE
He believed that his body was better suited to backstroke when he started swimming at international level but said that his performance at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, demonstrated the improvements he has made in freestyle. "I began swimming only backstroke because the workload was too big to perform in all styles at once. I was a little behind in gaining muscle mass, and freestyle requires strength. In backstroke the main thing is technique but, at the [2018] European championships, I took gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Now I can swim both styles. I can't do breaststroke though. Nature has cheated me. My legs don't twist like that." As a result of his improvements in freestyle, in 2018 he introduced more upper body strength workouts into his training regime. (the-challenger.ru, 28 Mar 2019)

OCCUPATION
He serves as a staff sergeant in the Moscow Oblast Police in Lobnya, Russian Federation. (swimswam.com, 19 Mar 2022)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 51.98
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:53.27
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:42.45
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.22
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:01.81
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 52.74
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 1:53.97
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 1:53.40
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 52.67
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 24.49
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.81
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:09.97
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.78
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:53.61
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.76
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:54.60
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 53.23
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.90
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 22.58
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:47.02
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:22.22
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.54
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:54.46
8 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.51
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 52.74
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 1:53.36
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.23
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 50.55
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:51.73
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.61
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.35
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 24.21
6 2014 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 22.26