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Katja FAIN
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Slovenia   
GenderWomen
Born31 Aug 2001
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Maribor, SLO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Slovene
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
She followed her parents into the sport as they were both competitive swimmers. "My mum and dad wanted me to enter other sports at first [athletics, tennis, horse riding] but I didn't stay in any of them. Karate was never my first sport, I only trained it to develop other things. I felt it in swimming, and continuing it was inevitable. My parents' successes, their medals, watching them, were certainly to blame for me gaining a love of swimming."
Club / Team
PK Branik: Maribor, SLO
Name of coach
Metka Sparavec [mother, personal], SLO
Training Regime
"I have nine pool workouts a week. I usually go to the gym three times a week. Pool training lasts two hours, and dry training lasts up to an hour and a half."
General Interest
Famous relatives
Her mother Metka Sparavec represented Slovenia in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Her younger sister Nika has competed in swimming for the PK Branik club in Maribor, Slovenia. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Dec 2021; rtvslo.si, 07 Nov 2021; siol.net, 03 Jul 2021; plavalniklub-branik.si, 18 Oct 2020)
Other information
FAMILY SPORT
She is the daughter of Slovenian swimmer Metka Sparavec and Russian swimmer Alexander Fain. Her younger sister Nika has also competed in the sport. "When I started swimming, my parents had already finished their careers, but I read old interviews, looked at race recordings and photos, admired the medals. We have a lot of that at home. The daughters of top swimmers just can't afford not to know how to swim. It seems to me that as a parent you definitely want your children to surpass you. That is why I am chasing her results and I want to improve them even more. In general, as siblings, Nika and I are competitive. However, it is a bit harder to compare us in the sport as she is younger, and we specialise in different events. She's a sprinter, and I swim longer distances. At home we are a family, not swimmers and a coach. We also try to talk about other things." (rtvslo.si, 07 Nov 2021; si.aleteia.org, 19 Aug 2021; siol.net, 03 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:44.66
30 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:35.92
26 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:41.13
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.00
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:12.05
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:48.24
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 4:17.57
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Freestyle 2:00.38
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:10.30
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:53.48
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:06.05
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:25.89
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:40.00
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:56.71
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2022 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 1:57.68
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:28.66
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:18.41
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.76
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.96
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 1500m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:22.27
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 9:01.55
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 2:03.59
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:10.16
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:53.88
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 800m Freestyle 8:23.72
8 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Individual Medley  DSQ
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 4:07.94
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 54.55
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle 1:55.23
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.96
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:27.39
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:58.03
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 400m Freestyle 4:08.00
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 55.61
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2021   Overall Ranking  
3 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:07.04
2 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:54.38
4 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:10.16
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:03.52
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:54.25
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:26.24
3 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:09.90
2 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:54.51
3 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:10.58
4 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 2:00.87
7 2019 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:15.91
8 2019 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:20.94
3 2019 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:12.38
5 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:59.87
5 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 55.20