Mykhailo Romanchuk

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Mykhailo Romanchuk is a Ukrainian distance freestyle specialist. The 2016 Olympian trains in Belek, Turkey at the international swim club Energy Standard under the British former world champion, James Gibson. The Gloria Sports Arena, where Romanchuk trains alongside notable names like Chad le Clos and Evgeny Rylov, is considered one of the best training centres in Europe.

International Career

Romanchuk first made a name for himself on the international stage in 2014 at the Youth Olympic Games where he won gold in the 400 meter freestyle and silver in the 800 meter freestyle. But it wasn’t long before he was making waves as a senior swimmer.

2015 FINA World Championships

In Kazan, Romanchuk reached the final in the 1500 meter freestyle where he finished 7th in 15:09.77.

2016 European Championships

A couple of months before the Rio Olympics, Romanchuk was in London for the European Championships. At the meet he won a pair of bronze medals both in new best times. The first came in the 1500 meter freestyle where he finished behind Italian swimmers Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriele Detti in 14:50.33. His next bronze came in the 800 meter freestyle where the podium was identical to the 1500 meter freestyle earlier in the week. Romanchuk finished in 7:47.99.

2016 Rio Olympic Games

At his Olympic debut in Rio, Romanchuk was left disappointed after he failed to make the final in the 1500 meter freestyle. he finished 15th overall in 15:01.35.

Post Rio

After the disappointment in Rio, Romanchuk hit the World Cup Circuit where he dominated the distance event. He won the 1500 meter freestyle at three consecutive World Cup meets including the meet where he swam the third fastest 1500 short course meter freestyle of all time in 14:15.49 to break Paltrinieri’s World Cup record.

2017 World Championships

Romanchuk won the silver medal in the 1,500 meter freestyle behind Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in 14:37.14. He stuck by the defending World Champion the entire distance to finish just over a second behind.

2017 SCM European Championships

Romanchuk won the 1500 in a dominating fashion in Copenhagen, Denmark. He took the title in 14:14.59 and beat Paltrinieri, who came in second, by more than eight seconds.

2018 European Championships

Romanchuk had a lights out meet in Glasgow, going 3-for-3 for medals in the 400-1500. In the 1500, he took silver (14:36.88) in a tight battle with German Florian Wellbrook. In the 400, he bested the field by nearly 2 seconds (3:45.18). To conclude the meet, he earned another win in the 800, this time by over 2 seconds, in 7:42.96.

2018 Short Course World Championships

To cap off his 2018, Romanchuk secured a win in Hangzhou in the 1500, going head-to-head with Gregorio Paltrinieri and besting him once again. His time of 14:09.14 was a new championship and national record.

2019 World Championships

After forgoing the 800 free, Romanchuk backed up his silver medal from 2017 with another one, this time behind Florian Wellbrock and ahead of Greg Paltrinieri in a time of 14:37.63.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 1500 Free 2017 World Championships
Silver 1500 Free 2019 World Championships
Gold 1500 Free 2018 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 800 Free 2016 European Championships
Bronze 1500 Free 2016 European Championships
Gold 400 Free 2018 European Championships
Gold 800 Free 2018 European Championships
Silver 1500 Free 2018 European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 400 Free 3:45.18 08/03/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, Scotland
lcm 800 Free 7:42.96 08/08/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, Scotland
lcm 1500 Free 14:36.88 08/05/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, Scotland
scm 1500 Free 14:09.14 12/16/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
ROMANCHUK Mykhaylo UKR Gold medal CHRISTIANSEN Henrik NOR Silver Medal MUEHLLEITNER Henning GER Bronze Medal 400m Freestyle Men Final Glasgow 03/08/18 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Giorgio Scala/ Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto Mykhaylo-Romanchuk-2018 European Championship Glasgow - courtesy of Giusy Cisale swimswam.com Mykhaylo-Romanchuk-2018 European Championship Glasgow - courtesy of Giusy Cisale swimswam.com ROMANCHUK Mykhaylo UKR Gold Medal PALTRINIERI Gregorio ITA Silver Medal WELLBROCK Florian GER Bronze Medal 800m Freestyle Men Final Glasgow 08/08/2018 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Giorgio Scala/ Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto Mikhailo Romanchuk - Speedo Mykhailo Romanchuk 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) Romanchuk Mykhaylo UKR Gold Medal 800m Freestyle Men Glasgow 08/08/2018 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Andrea Staccioli/ Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto

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