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Pawel JURASZEK
Sport Swimming
NOC Poland   
GenderMen
Born08 Oct 1994 in Tel Aviv, ISR
Height1.85 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dzierzoniów, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age four in Dzierzoniow, Poland.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his mother, because much of his family was involved in swimming. "My mum told me that if I didn't go swimming, I would not get any sweets. That's a big deal in your life at age four, so I had to agree."
Club / Team
AZS AWF Katowice: Poland
Name of coach
Robert Wilk [club], POL
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Coaches Andrzej Wojtal, Lukasz Trzaskom and Robert Wilk. (Instagram profile, 04 Nov 2021; RunForest podcast, 11 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Athlete of the Year in Dzierzoniow, Poland. (dzierzoniow.pl, 02 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
His cousin Andrzej Dubiel represented Poland in swimming at junior level, and won silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2005 European Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jun 2021; onet.pl, 31 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win an Olympic gold medal. (RunForest podcast, 11 Jan 2021)
Other information
RIO PRESSURE
He said he struggled with the pressure of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but that he learned from the experience. "At the Games I thought that everything was fine, but when I stood at the starting block and saw the crowd, it messed with my mind. I was thinking, 'Referee, please let's wait three minutes so I can calm down'. But no one waited. It was my first big event and I was thrown into the deep end. My mind couldn't withstand it. I have to learn from that kind of experience to progress." (RunForest podcast, 11 Jan 2021)

FROM ISRAEL TO POLAND
He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, after his parents moved to the country to work. The family returned to Poland when he was age four. "My parents say that I spoke Hebrew fluently then, but unfortunately I've totally forgotten it. I learned to stay afloat when I was there, but my real swimming story started in Poland." (se.pl, 08 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 21.88
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 22.50
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.01
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 21.67
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 21.47
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.68
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.13
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.00
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Freestyle 21.78
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 21.97
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 22.14
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 20.95
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:26.06
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.46
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 20.97
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.01
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.74
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 20.81
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.44
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.20
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
52 2017   Overall  
2 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:30.78
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.79
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.25
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.93