A month ago, Finland announced a preliminary roster of 10 swimmers for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. This week, they unveiled their final list that included two additional men: Ari-Pekka Liukkonen and Riku Pytakivi.
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen is the country’s top male sprinter and was 4th at the 2012 European Championships in the 50 free in 22.22. He didn’t have a great meet in the Olympics (he was only 25th in 22.57) but is capable of qualifying for the semi-finals, at least.
Poytakivi is a lesser-known name, but just past 20 years old is a young, talented sprint butterflier with a best of 24.2 in the 50 fly and 55.5 in the 100 fly. He’s been a better swimmer to this point of his career in short course, but he’s already made big strides in long course in the four months.
The 12 swimmers is the biggest roster for the World Championships that Finland has ever had, and is only matched by the 12 swimmers they sent to the 1992 Olympics in the same city. In the 2000’s, Finland has never sent more than 7 swimmers to the meet (2009).
The full roster can be seen alone: