Yevgeny Viktorovich Sadovyi (Russian: Евгений Викторович Садовый; born 19 January 1973) is a retired Russian freestyle swimmer who won three gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona and was subsequently chosen by Swimming World magazine as the Male World Swimmer of the Year.
|Born||19 January 1973 46) (age|
Volzhsky, Volgograd Oblast, Russia
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
In 1992 at Barcelona, the 19-year-old Sadovyi revealed as the strongest swimmer of the Olympic games, winning three gold medals and setting two world records in the 400 m freestyle and 4×200 m freestyle relay for his team. He missed the Giorgio Lamberti's world record in the 200 m freestyle race by a 0.01 second, but cut 1.47 seconds off Kieren Perkins' record in the 400 m, beating the same Australian swimmer.
In 1993 Sadovyi was second in the 200 m freestyle at the European Championship in Sheffield, plus two other golds in freestyle relays. He retired in September 1996 to work as a swimming coach, first in his native Volgograd, then in Moscow, with the national team, and later in Libya. His trainees include Sergey Ostapchuk and Yekaterina Kibalo.
- 200 m freestyle: 1:46.70
- 400 m freestyle: 3:45.00
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| Men's 400 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)
29 July 1992 – 11 September 1994
| World Swimmer of the Year
| European Swimmer of the Year