Kirill Prigoda

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Kirill Prigoda is a Russian breaststroker, World Championship medallist and Olympian.

2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In his Olympic debut, Prigoda finished 20th overall in the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:00.37.

2016 FINA Short Course World Championships (Windsor, Canada)

In Windsor, Prigoda won three gold medals as a member of Russia’s relay teams. They came in the 4×50 meter medley and freestyle relays and the 4×100 meter medley relay.

2017 FINA World Championships (Budapest, Hungary)

On day two at the World Championships, Prigoda lowered the Russian 100 meter breaststroke record to win the bronze medal in the final. His time of 59.05 lowered the national record for the third time that week. In the 50 meter breaststroke he finished 7th in 27.01.

On the final night Prigoda added another bronze medal when he joined Rylov Evgeny, Aleksandr Popkov and Vladimir Morozov in the 4×100 meter medley relay. Prigoda swam the breaststroke leg in a split of 59.02. Russia finished behind USA and Great Britain.

2017 SCM European Championships (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Prigoda competed in all three breaststroke events in Copenhagen. He touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke in front of the World Record holder Marco Koch. He placed second in the 50 breaststroke and third in the 100 breaststroke. Prigoda also competed in Russia’s World Record breaking medley relay. Russia stopped the clock at 1:30.44 which was 0.07 seconds under the old World Record.

2018 Short Course World Championships (Hangzhou, China)

After having great success on the 2018 world cup circuit, Prigoda carried that momentum in Hangzhou, winning the 200 breast in world record fashion (2:00.16). He also helped Russia to gold in the 4×50 medley relay and silver in the 4×100 medley relay.

2019 Universaide (Napoli, Italy)

At the 2019 World University Games, Prigoda started things off in the 100 breast, where he ended up touching for silver in 59.50, just .01 behind American Ian Finnerty. Prigoda avenged his loss in the 200, where he won in a time of 2:08.88. He finished his meet with a medal in every breast event, also touching 1st in the 50 breast in a time of 26.99.

2019 World Championships (Gwnagju, South Korea)

Prigoda continued his momentum in Gwangju, swimming on the 4×100 medley relay on the last night of the meet and splitting 58.68 to help Russia earn bronze and break a national record. Individually, he placed 5th in the 100 breast (59.09) and 4th in the 50 breast (26.72, new national record). Prigoda also split 58.22 in the final of the mixed 4×100 medley relay, helping Russia earn 4th place in another new national record.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 100 Breast 2017 World Championships
Bronze 400 Medley Relay 2017 World Championships
Bronze 400 Medley Relay 2019 World Championships
Bronze 200 Breast 2014 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Freestyle Relay 2016 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Medley Relay 2016 Short Course World Championships
Gold 400 Medley Relay 2016 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Breast 2018 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2018 European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Breast 26.72 07/24/19 2019 FINA World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
lcm 100 Breast 59.05 07/24/17 2017 FINA World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 200 Breast 2:08.63 08/05/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, United Kingdom
scm 50 Breast 25.83 12/16/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
scm 100 Breast 56.31 12/11/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
scm 200 Breast 2:00.16 12/13/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
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