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Ievgenii Bogodaiko

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A new Ukrainian star has risen on the swimming scene in Ievgenii Bogodaiko.

At only 16, Bogodaiko entered the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, capturing five medals and swimming to one world title in men's S7 and SB6 (breaststroke) events.

Germany’s Sebastian Iwanow, one of Bogodaiko’s main rivals, already predicted that the then-17-year-old would be the one to beat at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

In the end, Bogodaiko exceeded all expectations, becoming the most decorated swimmer of the European Championships with a total of 10 medals, eight them gold.

In the year after winning two Paralympic golds, Bogodaiko went on to add three world titles to his resume in Montreal, Canada and in 2014 left Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with seven European golds.

In 2015, Bohodayko set a new European record in the 50m butterfly S7 setting himself as the man to beat in 2016 at both the European Open Championships and of course, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

He delivered four European titles six months out from the Paralympics, sending a message to his rivals that he was in top form. That message could not have been received clearer, when in Rio Bogodaiko stormed to three world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Poltava, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Engineering - Poltava State Agrarian Academy: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2005 in Poltava, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
The director of the local sports rehabilitation school encouraged his parents to enrol him in swimming. Although he was sceptical at first, he quickly dedicated himself to the sport. "I had no desire at all, but when I went to the first workout and tried it, I did not want to think about any other sport. I was interested only in swimming."
Club / Team
Poltava Regional Rehabilitation and Sports School for the Disabled: Ukraine
Name of coach
Ilia Kalaida [personal], UKR, from 2005

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Reykjavík, ISL

General interest

Nicknames
Zhenya, Zheka (VK profile, 03 May 2016; fakty.ua, 19 Sep 2012)
Hobbies
Kart racing. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S7 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian Para swimmer Andrei Kalina. (sport.pl.ua, 30 Nov 2016)
Injuries
In early 2012 he broke his left arm. Later the same year he tore his Achilles tendon. (fakty.ua, 19 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always forward." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Order for Services of Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (president.gov.ua, 04 Oct 2016)

In 2014 he was named Male Para Swimming Athlete of the Year by the swimming news website 'SwimSwam'. (swimswam.com, 26 Dec 2014)

He received the Order for Merits [third grade] in Ukraine in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org.ua, 28 Mar 2013)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and improve on his performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he won three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals. (paralympic.org, 23 Jun 2018)
Impairment
He was born with underdeveloped limbs. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2012-08-30 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2012-08-30 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2012-08-31 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2012-09-02 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-03 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-03 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-04 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2013-08-15 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2013-08-18 9999
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-13 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2015-07-14 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2015-07-14 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2015-07-16 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2015-07-17 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2015-07-18 9999
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-19 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-19 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2016-09-12 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2016-09-13 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2016-09-15 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-16 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 2