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Alexander Popov – Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Alexander Vladimirovich Popov

Date of Birth: 16 th November, 1971

Country: Russia

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Achievements made:

  • Gold medalist in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events at the1992 Barcelona Summer Games
  • Winner of Gold medals in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
  • Named the “Russian Athlete of the Year” and the European Sports Press Union Athlete of the Year” in 1996
  • Winner of the European Championships titles in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events in 1997
  • Elected as a full member of the International Olympic Committee in 1999
  • Silver medal winner in the 100 meter freestyle event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Winner of World Championships titles in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events in 2003
  • Holder of the Olympic and world records in the 50 meter freestyle events
  • Career: Alexander Popov was introduced to the sport swimming when he was only 8 years old. In the 1992 Barcelona >Summer Summer Games , Popov won two Gold medals in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events. In his second appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , Popov successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 50 meter and 100 meter events. One month after the 1996 Games, he was severely injured during an encounter with some vendors in a street of Moscow. After spending three months in the rehabilitation centre, Popov recovered from his injuries and participated in the 1977 European Championships. In the competition, he won Gold medals in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , Popov won silver medal in the 100 meter freestyle event. In 2003, he won another two World Championships titles in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events. Popov participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics for the last time in his swimming career. However, this time he could not reach the finals of the events. Popov is the holder of the current Olympic record in the 50 meter freestyle event with a timing of 21.91 seconds. He also holds the world record in the event with 21.64 seconds.

    Performance at the Olympics: Alexander Popov's first appearance at the Olympics was in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games . In the competition, Popov won his first Olympic Gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle event. Two days later he won his second Olympic title in the 50 meter freestyle swimming competition. He also got two silver medals in the 4x100 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter medley relay events. Popov returned in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games to successfully defend his Olympic titles in those events. In the 100 meter freestyle competition he defeated Gray Hall Jr. After Johnny Weissmuller in the 1920s, Popov became the first swimmer to defend the Olympic 100 meter freestyle title successfully. Popov again won two silver medals in the relay events. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games , he won one silver medal in the 100meter freestyle event. In the 50 meter freestyle event, Popov could not win any Olympic medal. Popov participated in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics as the oldest competitor. However, he could not qualify for the finals of both the 100 meter and 50 meter freestyle events.

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