Bohodayko enters Glasgow ready to fight-back

The most decorated athlete from the 2014 Euros, the Ukrainian enters the swimming Worlds in the unfamiliar position of underdog. 12 Jul 2015
Yevheniy Bohodayko in the pool after a race

Yevheniy Bohodayko

ⒸNPC Ukraine
By Abdullah Mahmood

Ukraine’s multiple European and world champion Yevheniy Bohodayko might only be 21-years-old but he is already one of the leading swimmers in the world.

And in a Ukrainian team which boasts a large crop of Paralympic and World medallists, that is saying something.

However the S7 swimmer does not think that his impressive record gives him an edge over his opponents when it comes time to race at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, from 13-19 July.

“Every start for me is a new challenge,” he said. “There are no weak competitors at the Championships. Everyone deserves to be the winner.”

But Bohodayko’s performances this year have been a step down on his usual best with the Ukrainian outside of the world top three in all but two of the events on the programme.

Clearly frustrated with his swimming so far, Bohodayko commented: “I’m not satisfied with the current season.”

The Ukrainian’s impressive record started in 2010 when he burst onto the scene with six medals, including one gold, at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Since then he has gone from strength-to-strength with two gold medals from his first Paralympic Games at London 2012. That was closely followed by some outstanding performances at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, Canada, and the European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, last year.

An impressive seven gold medals, alongside two silvers, in Eindhoven were enough to see him leave the Dutch city as the most decorated athlete, and all eyes will be on Bohodayko at Glasgow 2015.

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships will feature around 580 athletes from nearly 70 countries and will be one of the biggest qualification opportunities for Rio 2016.

Tickets are still available at and all seven days of action will be shown live at alongside live results between 13-19 July.

Fans can also follow @IPCSwimming on Twitter and Facebook and Paralympics Instagram for behind-the-scenes updates and pictures.