Igor Polyansky

Igor Nikolaevich Polianski (Russian: Игорь Николаевич Полянский) (born 20 March 1967 in Novosibirsk) is a former backstroke swimmer from the USSR. He is married and has a son and a daughter living in New Zealand.

Igor Polyansky
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
1988 Seoul 200 m backstroke
1988 Seoul 100 m backstroke
1988 Seoul 4×100 m medley
World Championships (LC)
1986 Madrid100 m backstroke
1986 Madrid200 m backstroke
1986 Madrid4×100 m medley
European Championships (LC)
1985 Sofia 100 m backstroke
1985 Sofia 200 m backstroke
1987 Strasbourg 4×100 m medley
1987 Strasbourg 200 m backstroke
Summer Universiade
1985 Kobe 100 m backstroke
1985 Kobe 200 m backstroke

Polianski trained at Dynamo in Novosibirsk. In 1986 he became the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR. From 1985 to 1990 Polianski was a member of the USSR National Team.[1] He won three medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, including the gold in the 200 m backstroke. Polianski won gold medals at the 1986 World Aquatics Championships in 100 m backstroke and 200 m backstroke and a bronze medal in 4×100 m medley.[2]

On 3 March 1985 in Erfurt, GDR, Polianski set the new world record in 200 m backstroke at 1:58.14, that stood six years.[3] Three years later he improved world record time in 100 m backstroke three times: first on 15 March and 16 March in Tallinn, USSR, to 55.17 and 55.16 respectively and then on 16 July in Moscow to 55.00. The latter was beaten by David Berkoff a month later.[4]

In 1989 Polianski graduated from Omsk State Institute of Physical Culture.[1] He currently resides in New Zealand and currently runs a swimming school – Waterlions, in partnership with his wife. He is an active member of the Auckland Swimming Community, coaching from the Epsom Girls Grammar and Massey High School campuses.

See also


  1. (in Russian) Profile in the Olympic Encyclopedia
  2. Men'S Events Archived 2015-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
Rick Carey
Men's 100 m backstroke
world record holder (long course)

March 15, 1988 August 12, 1988
Succeeded by
David Berkoff
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