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Danas Rapšys (born 21 May 1995) is a Lithuanian swimmer. He is a one-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 Simeliūnaitė.

Danas Rapšys
Danas Rapšys, The winners 200m freestyle award ceremony, The 2017 Summer Universiade.png
Personal information
Nationality  Lithuania
Born (1995-05-21) May 21, 1995 (age 22)
Panevėžys, Lithuania
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle
Club Panevėžio Žemyna
Coach Ina Simeliūnaitė

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 backstoke, 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]

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Personal bestsEdit

As of 23 August 2017
Long course
Event Time Meet
200 m freestyle 1:45.75 NR 2017 Summer Universiade
400 m freestyle 3:53.33 NR 2017 Lithuanian Championships
800 m freestyle 8:15.76 NR 2017 Lithuanian Championships
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 1:42.23 NR 2017 FINA Swimming World Cup
400 m freestyle 3:47.47 NR 2015 Lithuanian Championships
100 m backstroke 50.95 NR 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)
200 m backstroke 1:49.64 NR 2017 FINA Swimming World Cup
100 m butterfly 51.53 NR 2015 Lithuanian Swimming Federation Cup
200 m butterfly 1:55.43 NR 2016 Lithuanian Championships

ReferencesEdit