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Pavel SANKOVICH
Sport Swimming
NOC Belarus   
GenderMen
Born29 Jun 1990 in Grodno, URS
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sviatlana Khakhlova, son David [2018], daughter Daniela [2020]
Residence
Tallahassee, FL, USA
Occupation
Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Social and Behavioral Science - Florida State University: Tallahassee, FL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight in Minsk, Belarus.
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports in childhood, including running, artistic gymnastics and martial arts, and eventually followed his friend into swimming.
General Interest
Nicknames
The Belarusian Bullet (seminoles.com, 26 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
While competing for Florida State University he was named the 2013/14 Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Swimmer of the Year. He was also named Florida State University's MVP for men's swimming in 2013 and 2014. (seminoles.com, 01 Jun 2014; seminoles.com, 22 Apr 2013)

He holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (sportfpb.by, 20 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His wife Sviatlana Khakhlova represented Belarus in swimming at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008, and 2012. His sister Ksenia Sankovich represented Belarus in rhythmic gymnastics and won silver in the group all-round at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (24health.by, 02 Mar 2018; teamunify.com, 21 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2018)
Other information
COACHING
He worked as a swimming coach while studying at Florida State University, and was named the 2019 All-Big Bend Conference's Coach of the Year in boys' swimming and diving. In 2019 he was appointed head coach at Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL, United States of America. He has also coached Belarusian Para swimmer Aliaksei Talai. (by.tribuna.com, 20 Feb 2021; tallahassee.com, 23 Dec 2019; orshanka.by, 12 Jun 2019)

SWIM CLUB
He and his wife Sviatlana Khakhlova run the United Swim Club in Tallahassee, FL, United States of America. The facility offers swimming coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021; teamunify.com, 22 Jun 2019; maclay.org, 24 Dec 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 53.00
34 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 53.47
18 2012 London, ENG 100m Backstroke 54.53
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 55.39
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 24.83
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 52.87
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 55.79
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 52.63
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.02
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:38.23
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Backstroke 55.13
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 52.87
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Backstroke 25.36
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.75
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:03.52
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Backstroke 25.80
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 53.13
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 52.05
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Butterfly 2:03.76
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Backstroke 25.53
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 24.22
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Backstroke 26.81
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 200m Backstroke 2:05.02
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Backstroke 57.09
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 50.83
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 23.03 
17 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 23.09 
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly 50.76
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.49
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:25.36
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:58.21
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 51.47
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 23.67
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.90
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 24.10
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 52.65
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:58.01
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 55.61
3 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 51.92
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 24.23
6 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 25.11
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Backstroke 55.06
6 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Backstroke 25.25
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 53.12
8 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.17
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 26.05
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 55.87
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 53.56
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 26.48
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:13.62
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 57.35
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Backstroke 51.47
7 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Butterfly 22.70
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Backstroke 23.13
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.49
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.74
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.06
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 22.82
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 1:56.03
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Backstroke 23.26
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 50.31
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.21
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.03
6 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 50.71
9 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 23.40
6 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Backstroke 51.33
3 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Backstroke 23.45
3 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:34.56
13 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Individual Medley 1:57.71
16 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
3 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Backstroke 51.14
3 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Backstroke 23.64
14 2010 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 1:59.29
Semifinal 2010 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 52.88
6 2010 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 24.31
24 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 52.34
14 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:56.20
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 23.28
7 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 50.90
22 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Backstroke 1:59.17
14 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Backstroke 24.52
11 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Backstroke 52.55
14 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
20 2007 Debrecen, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:57.63
13 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.25
13 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Backstroke 25.05
12 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.73
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2017   Overall  
6 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 52.50
8 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 52.96
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.11
9 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.87
3 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 50.70
4 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 51.16
2 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 52.61
5 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 23.56
3 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 50.79
5 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 23.74
4 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 50.49
8 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Individual Medley 55.05
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 22.84
3 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Backstroke 51.80
5 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Individual Medley 53.69
5 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 23.66
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.03
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 23.20
4 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 52.25
7 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.95
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 22.82
5 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 51.03
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 52.57
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 22.81
5 2016   Overall  
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.26
5 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 23.06
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 50.64
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.18
4 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 50.58
5 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.96
3 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 50.39
4 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:57.43
1 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 23.14
2 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 50.54
3 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 52.68
5 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 23.10
3 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 50.98
1 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 23.05
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 50.20
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 52.44
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.88
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 51.02
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 23.35
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.96
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Individual Medley 53.29
7 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 23.45
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 51.11
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.02
3 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 51.30
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 23.13
2 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 50.29
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.88
3 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Backstroke 50.57
4 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Butterfly 22.81
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 50.75
6 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 53.35
5 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 23.15
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 50.38
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 23.01
4 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 50.56
7 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Individual Medley 53.07
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 50.78
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 23.22
6 2012 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 24.40