Yuri Kudinov (or Yuriy Kudinov or in Russian Юрий Кудинов) (born 27 February 1979 in Volgograd) from Kazakhstan, although he previously represented Russia at several world championship events and European Championships. He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009 and represented Kazakhstan at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- In 2007 he narrowly missed the world record for the fastest swim across the English Channel when he was beaten by Petar Stoychev who was swimming on the same day only minutes ahead of him on 24 August 2007.
- He completed his swim in 7 hours 5 minutes 42 seconds for the third fastest crossing of all time.
- On 25 March 2007, Kudinov beat Stoychev in the 25 km marathon swim at the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, a race which he won in 5 hours 16 minutes.
- He participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.
- As a swimmer representing Russia, Kudinov won a gold medal in the 25 km race at the 2000 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships
- He won the 25 km race at the 2001 FINA World Swimming Championships.
- He won the 25 km race at the 2002 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.
- He won the 25 km race at the 2003 FINA World Swimming Championships.
- He won the 25 km race at the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships.
- He finished 2nd in the 25 km race at the 2004 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.
- He finished 2nd in the 25 km race at the 2006 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.
- He finished 3rd in the 25 km race at the 2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville, Spain.
- He won the 5 km race at the 5th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships in Hong Kong in 2012.
- He qualified for the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics.
2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results
1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
3. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1
Fastest English Channel Crossings in History
1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978
Videos in the English Channel
1998 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results
1 Alexey Akatyev 5:05:42
2 David Meca Medina 5:07:23
3 Gabriel Chaillou 5:07:53
4 Claudio Gargaro 5:09:48
5 Yuri Kudinov 5:12:07
6 Stéphane Lecat 5:14:16
7 Grant Robinson 5:14:40
8 Fabrizio Pescatori 5:16:55
9 Igor Majcen 5:17:09
10 Nicolas Knap 5:22:35
11 Mark Saliba 5:27:54
12 Andre Wilde 5:31:39
13 Nathan Stooke 5:32:21
14 Nace Majcen 5:33:52
15 Liam Weseloh 5:34:53
16 Simon Chocron 5:38:43
17 Chuck Wiley 5:42:32
18 Paulo Torres 5:45:05
19 Alberto Morejon 5:46:11
20 Ryan Coom 5:48:03
21 Serghei Mariniuc 5:52:29
22 Trpimir Kutle 5:54:18
23 Robert Dinka 5:57:26
24 Gareth Fowler 6:05:11
25 Takashi Sugisawa 6:12:37
26 Ákos Győrffy 6:25:55
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