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9 March 2011

Yevgeny Sadovy

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Yevgeny Viktorovich Sadovy is a Summer Olympic gold medalist in swimming. The swimmer born on January 19, 1973, in Volgograd (USSR), was one of the olympic stars in Barcelona edition of 1992. He represented the former Soviet Union, under the flag of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Sadovy succeeded to reward three gold medals for his contingent. He competed in three events (200 metres freestyle, 400 metres freestyle, and 4x200 metres freestyle relay) and swept them all, converting into the priceless Gold Medals. Of the three final events, Sadovy hit Olympic Records in 200-m freestyle and even World Records in 400-m freestyle. He remained the event's World Records holder before an Australian teenager namely? Yes, everybody must know him: Ian Thorpe, broke it eight years later in Sydney 2000.

Sadovy started his swimming long-remembered career at only six years old. It was in 1981 when he and his family moved to Volgograd. He only needed two years to attend an international competitions. Before his famous victory in Barcelona, in 1991 Sadovy  won gold medals in two events (400-m freestyle and 4x200-m freestyle relay) in the European Championships held in Athens, Greece.  Post Barcelona Summer Games, Sadovy still put his name on the headlines in another European Championships held in Sheffield, United Kingdom. He won two freestyle relays plus a silver medal in 200-m freestyle event.

Yevgeny Sadovy, who used to admit that he was powerless and suffering health problem in the twilight career due to his overtraining towards the golden achievement in the olympic games, closed his shiny career in September 1996.

References:

www.yevgeny-sadovyi.co.tv
www.sports-reference.com
www.highbeam.com

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