Danas Rapšys

Danas Rapšys (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈdaːnɐs rɐpˈɕiːs]; born 21 May 1995) is a Lithuanian swimmer. He is a two-time Olympian, a multiple-time Lithuanian record holder in the men's backstroke, freestyle and butterfly, and a double swimming champion at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan. Rapšys is also a member of Panevežys Žemyna Club, and is coached and trained by Ina Paipelienė.

Danas Rapšys
Personal information
Nationality Lithuania
Born (1995-05-21) 21 May 1995 (age 27)
Panevėžys, Lithuania
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
StrokesBackstroke, freestyle
ClubPanevėžio Žemyna
CoachIna Šimeliūnaitė-Paipelienė
Medal record

In 2013 he became a European Junior champion. At the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Rapšys competed in 4×100 metre mixed medley with Rūta Meilutytė, Povilas Strazdas, Eva Gliožerytė. During 4×100 metre mixed medley heats, they finished third with a time of 3:55.74 seconds and qualified to the final. At the 4×100 metre mixed medley final, Meilutyte, Rapšys, Strazdas and Gliožerytė finished second and won silver medal with a time of 3:52.52 seconds. In the 2013 World Aquatics Championships he reached semifinals in the 200m backstroke swimming.[1]

2017 seasonEdit

2017 Summer UniversiadeEdit

At the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan, Rapšys competed in four events: the 100 metre backstroke, 200 metre freestyle, 200 metre backstroke and 4 × 100 m medley relay.

In his first event, 100 m backstroke, Rapšys achieved bronze medal, with a time of 54:17, but narrowly missed out of the silver medal by five hundredths of a second (0.05) behind Japan's Kosuke Hagino.[2] Rapšys won gold medal in the 200 metre freestyle finals, with a time of 1:45.75, and broke the national Lithuanian swimming record.[3] He also competed in the 200 m backstroke final where he sat in 7th through the halfway point, but made big moves on the back half, including a 28.87 on the final 50, to pull ahead of the field for gold in 1:56.52.[4]

Personal bestsEdit

As of 12 August 2019
Long course
Event Time Meet
50 m freestyle 23.16 2015 Dzukija Cup
100 m freestyle 49.04 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup
200 m freestyle 1:44.38 NR 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup
400 m freestyle 3:43.36 NR 2019 FINA Champion Series Budapest
800 m freestyle 7:59.34 NR Swim Open Stockholm 2019
100 m backstroke 53.79 NR 2017 Romanian International Championships
200 m backstroke 1:56.11 NR 2017 World Aquatics Championships
Short course
Event Time Meet
200 m freestyle 1:40.85 NR 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships
400 m freestyle 3:33.20 NR 2019 European Short Course Swimming Championships
800 m freestyle 7:57.72 NR 2017 Lithuanian Championships (25 m)
100 m backstroke 50.95 NR 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)
200 m backstroke 1:49.06 NR 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships
100 m butterfly 50.79 NR 2017 Lithuanian Swimming Federation Cup
200 m butterfly 1:54.35 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships

International championships (50 m)Edit

Meet 200 free 400 free 100 back 200 back 100 fly 200 IM 4×100 free 4×200 free 4×100 medley
EC 2012 35th 35th 30th
WC 2013 25th 14th 13th
EC 2014 22nd 5th 7th 7th
WC 2015 28th 19th 12th
EC 2016   5th
OG 2016 24th 21st 14th
WC 2017 10th 8th 17th
EC 2018   29th 13th 12th 4th
WC 2019 8th[a] 4th 15th 11th
EC 2020 4th   9th
OG 2020 8th 13th 33rd 15th[b]
WC 2022 14th 18th 19th[b]
EC 2022 5th 10th 11th
a Rapšys was disqualified in the final
b Team Lithuania was disqualified in the heats


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Preceded by Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by