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