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Igor SNITKO
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Born13 Aug 1978 in Kharkov, URS
Height1.90 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Inna, daughter Karina, son Kirill
Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
His parents took him to a swimming pool as a child. In 2007 Ukrainian swimmer Igor Chervynskiy encouraged him to switch to open water swimming.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 10km event at the 2011 European Championships in Eilat, Israel. (Kharkiv Sport YouTube channel, 10 Jul 2020)
Hero / Idol
Soviet swimmer Vladimir Salnikov. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is youth." (Kharkiv Sport YouTube channel, 10 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (usf.org.ua, 12 Sep 2020; dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His daughter Karina Snitko has competed in swimming at national level in Ukraine. (Kharkiv Sport YouTube channel, 10 Jul 2020; Athlete, 05 Aug 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In 2020 he retired from the sport. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He graduated in law from the National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heat 2000 Sydney, NSW, AUS 400m Freestyle 3:52.97
Heats 2000 Sydney, NSW, AUS    
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 15:26.97
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:09.16
25 2005 Montreal, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:55.35 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:53.02
6 1998 Perth, WA, AUS 400m Freestyle 3:50.16
4 1998 Perth, WA, AUS 1500m Freestyle 15:04.30
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
27 2002 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 3:53.37
27 2002 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:49.39
6 2002 Moscow, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
27 2000 Athens, GRE 200m Freestyle 1:52.64
17 2000 Athens, GRE 400m Freestyle 3:54.27
7 2000 Athens, GRE 1500m Freestyle 15:00.53
5 1999 Hong Kong, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:00.44
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:51.85
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:54.11
6 2002 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 1:52.15
11 2000 Helsinki, FIN 400m Freestyle 3:57.54
7 2000 Helsinki, FIN 1500m Freestyle 15:24.27
8 2000 Helsinki, FIN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:28.17
1 1999 Istanbul, TUR 1500m Freestyle 15:07.19
7 1999 Istanbul, TUR 400m Freestyle 3:53.40
2 1997 Seville, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:07.85
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2001 Antwerp, BEL 200m Freestyle 1:50.82
15 2001 Antwerp, BEL 400m Freestyle 3:51.38
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
43 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:55:06.0
39 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 55:46.3
21 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km 55:31.7
29 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:50:18.9
33 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 54:01.2
19 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:55.6
14 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:31.6
25 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 57:58.1
  2009 Rome, ITA 10km  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
27 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 1:57:21.5
21 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 1:50:40.1
26 2012 Piombino, ITA 5 km 58:42.0
18 2012 Piombino, ITA 10km 2:00:01.0
6 2012 Piombino, ITA 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:54.3
3 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:53:21.5
21 2011 Eilat, ISR 5 km 57:18.9
16 2011 Eilat, ISR 25km 5:12:56.8
8 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:54:34.1
16 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 5 km 1:01:10.7
14 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5 km 55:16.6
11 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5km - Team Time Trial 1:01:04.0
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
48 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:49:58.80
17 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:55:34.90
6 2013   10km  
14 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:55:13.0
36 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:01:11.80
6 2012   10km  
15 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:55.05
9 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 1:52:42.35
11 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:11:51.44
11 2012 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:51:02.00
5 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:39