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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
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 1:45.35 NR Flanders Swimming Cup
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 1:40.85 NR 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships
400 m freestyle 3:40.57 NR 2017 Lithuanian Swimming Federation Cup
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 NR 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships

ReferencesEdit