Yevgeny Sadovyi

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Yevgeny Viktorovich Sadovyi (; born 19 January 1973) is a retired Russian freestyle swimmer who won three gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona and was subsequently chosen by Swimming World magazine as the Male World Swimmer of the Year.


Born in Volzhsky, Volgograd Oblast, Sadovyi started swimming at age six. In 1981 his family moved to Volgograd, and two years later the young Yevgeny started to train for international competitions.

In 1991 at the European Championship in Athens he was gold medallist in the 400 m and 4×200 m relay, both freestyle.

In 1992 at Barcelona, the 19 year old Sadovyi revealed as the strongest swimmer of the Olympic games, winning three gold medals and setting two world records in the 400 m freestyle and 4×200 m freestyle relay for his team. He missed the Giorgio Lamberti's world record in the 200 m freestyle race by a 0.01 second, but cut 1.47 seconds off Kieren Perkins' record in the 400 m, beating the same Australian swimmer.

In 1993 Sadovyi was second in the 200 m freestyle at the European Championship in Sheffield, plus two other golds in freestyle relays. He retired in September, 1996.

Personal bests

In long-course swimming pools Sadovyi's personal bests are:

  • 200 m freestyle: 1:46.70
  • 400 m freestyle: 3:45.00

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