World Para Swimming sends condolences to family of Alexander Makarov

Russian swimmer won three gold medals in the London 2019 World Championships 11 Mar 2020
Three men in wheelchairs showing their medals
Alexander Makarov (centre) showing his gold medal in the men's 200m freestyle S2 at the London 2019 World Championships
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By World Para Swimming

World Para Swimming sends its condolences to the family and friends of Russia’s world champion Alexander Makarov, who passed away on 5 March.  

The 23-year-old Para swimmer won three gold medals at last year’s World Championships in London, Great Britain, in the men’s 50m and 100m backstroke S2 and in the men’s 200m freestyle S2.

Makarov made his international debut at the Eindoven 2014 European Championships in the Netherlands.

The following year, the swimmer from Omsk competed in his first World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, leaving with two medals (a silver and a bronze).

He also competed at the Funchal 2016 European Open Championships in Portugal, taking five medals (three silvers and two bronze).

But it was at London 2019 that Makarov achieved his most remarkable results, winning all three events he competed in.

World Para Swimming extends its condolences to the Russian Paralympic Committee and to the Para swimming community in the country in such a difficult moment.