Dmitriy Balandin

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Dmitriy Balandin
Dmitry Balandin Olympic champion - Men's 200 metre breaststroke Rio-2016.jpg
Balandin in 2016
Personal information
Full nameDmitriy Igorevich Balandin
National team Kazakhstan
Born (1995-04-04) April 4, 1995 (age 24)
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
CoachVladimir Rybchenko[1]
Balandin on a 2016 stamp of Kazakhstan

Dmitriy Igorevich Balandin (Kazakh: Дмитрий Игоревич Баландин; born 4 April 1995) is a Kazakh breaststroke swimmer. He won the 200 m breaststroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as the 50, 100 and 200 m breaststroke events at the 2014 Asian Games.[1]


Balandin currently holds two Kazakh records in the 100 and 200 m breaststroke, and also set a historic milestone for his nation by striking the breaststroke triple at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.[2]

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Balandin won a gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke, setting up new national record with 2:07.46. This was his first Olympic medal, and Kazakhstan's first-ever medal in a swimming event.[3]

Balandin emerged as an unexpected medal contender at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, where he competed in all breaststroke events. In the men's 200 m breaststroke, Balandin moved from a top seed in the prelims to stun the entire crowd and crush the twelve-year-old meet record set by Japanese swimmer and four-time Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima in a time of 2:07.67 for the gold medal, jumping him into third in the world rankings.[4][5] The following day, in the men's 100 m breaststroke, Balandin threw down a Kazakh record in 59.92 to pick up his second gold of the meet. Additionally, he raced his stretch to overhaul a minute barrier for the first time in Asian Games history.[6][7] On the final day of swimming, Balandin completed a remarkable meet with another Games record of 27.78 for his third straight gold of the meet in the 50 m breaststroke.[8][9]

Personal best times[edit]

Event Time Location Date Notes
50 m breaststroke 27.24 Kazan 4 August 2015
100 m breaststroke 59.38 Kazan 2 August 2015
200 m breaststroke 2:07.46 Rio de Janeiro 10 August 2016 NR


  1. ^ a b "Dmitriy Balandin". Incheon 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Boring blown out of the water by Kazakhstan's speedy pair". Hong Kong Standard. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Olympic swimming results 2016: Dmitriy Balandin wins men's 200m breaststroke, first swimming medal for Kazakhstan". SB Nation. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ "China Dominates Third Night of Swimming at Asian Games". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ Xu, Haijing (23 September 2014). "China sweeps 6 more golds to lead swim tally". GlobalPost. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  6. ^ "China Sets Asian Record in 400 Free Relay to Close Night". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  7. ^ Linden, Julian (24 September 2014). "Hagino and Shen each collect fourth golds at Asiad". Incheon: Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  8. ^ "China Caps Amazing Meet With Four More Golds at Asian Games". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Kazakhstani swimmer Dmitriy Balandin wins 3 gold medals at Asian Games". Tengri. Retrieved 27 September 2014.

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