Apostolos Christou


My name is Apostolos Christou and I was born in Athens, on 1 November 1996. I have a younger brother, Giannis, who is also engaged in swimming. I started swimming when I was 7, just to learn how to swim and take up a bit of sports. I didn’t like it at first, and it took me a lot of time to get used to it, but as time went by I started growing fond of the sport more and more. So, I have never stopped swimming since I was 7. During these 15 years, I have faced many difficulties and, on many occasions, I thought that I would not make it, either due to the circumstances, or the pressure, or the daily fatigue competitive sports entail. However, I always found the strength in me to carry on with even more resilience and will. The achievement of which I am most proud is winning the gold medal in the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, in 100m backstroke.

“To me, effort is a daily struggle to overcome all problems. Effort is the beginning for success.”


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  •  World junior champion in Dubai, 100m backstroke, 2013
  •  European junior champion in Dordrecht, 100m backstroke, with 2 junior world records (semi-final & final), 2014
  •  2nd place in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, 50m backstroke, 2014
  •  3rd place in 100m backstroke, in 2 consecutive European Aquatics Championships in London and Glasgow, 2016 & 2018
  •  Participation in the Rio Olympic Games, in four different competitions (100m and 200m backstroke, 4x100m freestyle relay, medley relay),obtaining the 10th place in 4x100m freestyle relay, 2016
  •  Participation in the World Swimming Championship (25M) at Hangzhou China, in 50m(14th) 100m (20th) and 200m 14th) backstroke, with two national records in 50m and 200m respectively, 2018

Competition Schedule 2019



World Championship of 50m


Pan-european Championship of 25m

Glascow, December