Jani Nikanor Sievinen (About this soundpronunciation ; born 31 March 1974 in Vihti) is a former medley swimmer from Finland, who won the silver medal in the 200 m individual medley at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In winning the World Championship 200m individual medley title in 1994, he established a new world record of 1:58.16 which lasted for almost nine years until it was broken by Michael Phelps (USA).

Jani Sievinen
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Jani Sievinen in 2009
Personal information
Full nameJani Nikanor Sievinen
Nationality Finland
Born (1974-03-31) 31 March 1974 (age 45)
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
StrokesBackstroke and medley
ClubNummelan Kisaajat

Jani Sievinen was married to Mari Sievinen. They have three daughters (born 2008, 2010 and 2013). Sievinen also has two sons (born 1997 and 2001) from his previous marriage to Susanna Sievinen.


  • Personal website: www.janisievinen.com
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jani Sievinen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009.
Preceded by
Tamás Darnyi
World Record Holder
Men's 200 Individual Medley

11 September 1994 – 29 June 2003
Succeeded by
Michael Phelps
Preceded by
World Record Holder
Men's 100 Individual Medley (25m)

23 January 1996 – 18 March 2000
Succeeded by
Neil Walker
Preceded by
World Record Holder
Men's 200 Individual Medley (25m)

17 January 1992 – 23 March 2000
Succeeded by
Attila Czene
Preceded by
Luca Sacchi
World Record Holder
Men's 400 Individual Medley (25m)

9 February 1993 – 1 February 1997
Succeeded by
Marcel Wouda