Farkhod Oripov

Farkhod Oripov (Russian: Фарход Орипов; born April 9, 1984) is a Tajik former swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] Oripov qualified for the men's 100 m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, by receiving a Universality place from FINA without meeting a standard entry time.[2] He participated in an unprecedented first heat against two other swimmers Karim Bare of Niger and Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea, later dubbed himself as Eric the Eel. Before the race began, Oripov plunged into the pool, along with Bare, beating the gun, and were eventually disqualified for a false start, leaving Moussambani as the last man standing.[3][4][5]

Farkhod Oripov
Personal information
Full nameFarkhod Oripov
National team Tajikistan
Born (1984-04-09) 9 April 1984 (age 35)
Soviet Union
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)


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  2. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heat 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 113. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ Penner, Mike (19 September 2000). "Eric the Eagle Leaves a Lasting Impression". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ Lord, Craig (20 September 2000). "Eric The Eel". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.