Nikita Shleikher at the Rio Olympics
|Full name||Nikita Dmitrievich Shleikher|
10 June 1998 |
Stavropol, Stavropol Krai, Russia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Event(s)||platform, springboard, mixed synchro|
Shleikher began practicing diving at the school of Olympic reserve in Penza, where he became a multiple medalist and champion of Russian Junior Championships. In 2012, he won the Junior European Championships in men's 10m platform. He competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships finishing 5th in 10m platform and 7th in 3m springboard. He won a silver and a bronze at the 2014 European Junior Diving Championships.
In 2015, Shleikher competed at the inaugural 2015 European Games, where he won gold in 1m springboard but took only 2nd place in 10m platform behind Britain's Matty Lee. He finished 5th in mixed 10 metre platform and 7th in men's 10m platform at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, thus qualifying him for both events at the 2016 Summer Olympics.