Arkady Vyatchanin

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Arkady Vyatchanin
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Personal information
Full nameArkady Arkadyevich Vyatchanin
Nationality Russia
 Serbia
 United States
Born (1984-04-04) 4 April 1984 (age 34)
Vorkuta, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union[1]
Height2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight91 kg (201 lb)[1]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesBackstroke
ClubTaganrog Army Club[1]
Federal Protective Service[2]
New York Athletic Club[1]
CoachLyudmila Shalyapina (aunt)
Arkady Vyatchanin (father)
Irina Vyatchanina (mother)
Gregg Troy[2]

Arkady Arkadyevich Vyatchanin (Russian: Аркадий Аркадьевич Вятча́нин, Serbian Cyrillic: Аркадиј Аркадјевич Вјатчањин; born 4 April 1984) is a retired Russian, Serbian and American backstroke swimmer. He was born in Vorkuta, and in 1999 moved to Taganrog, Russia, where he graduated from the South Federal University. He was a member of the Russian National Team in 2000–2015; moved to Serbia in 2015[3] and to the United States in 2017, and retired in June 2018.[4]

Family[edit]

Vyatchanin came from a swimming family and was initially trained by his aunt, father and mother, who were all retired competitive swimmers and professional swimming coaches. His father Arkady Sr. (1946–2014) held nine Soviet swimming titles and was a member of the Soviet team from 1965 to 1971. His mother Irina and elder sister Alla competed at the national level. Vyatchanin is married to Evgeniya.[2]

Change of nationality[edit]

In 2013 Vyatchanin announced an intention to leave the Russian team and compete for another country saying he gave all he could to team Russia.[5] In 2015 he obtained Serbian citizenship,[6] but could not complete internationally because of administrative errors in his international transfer. Hence he missed the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2017 Vyatchanin obtained American citizenship.[7] He retired in June 2018 aiming to become a swimming coach.[4]

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Records
Preceded by
Helge Meeuw
Men's 200 metre backstroke
European record holder (long course)

5 August 2006 – 2 August 2013
Succeeded by
Radosław Kawęcki
Preceded by
George Du Rand
Men's 200 metre backstroke
world record holder (short course)

15 November 2009 – 27 November 2015
Succeeded by
Mitch Larkin
Preceded by
Markus Rogan
Men's 200 metre backstroke
European record holder (short course)

15 November 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Aschwin Wildeboer Faber
Men's 100 metre backstroke
world record holder (short course)

12 December 2009 – 18 December 2009
Succeeded by
Nick Thoman
Preceded by
Aschwin Wildeboer Faber
Men's 100 metre backstroke
European record holder (short course)

12 December 2009 – 19 December 2010
Succeeded by
Stanislav Donets