Yuri Kisil


Yuri Kisil was a triple medallist at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, reaching the podium as part of all three relays, including anchoring the 4x100m freestyle relay to silver. Immediately following, he made his FINA World Championship debut, winning a bronze medal as part of the inaugural mixed 4x100m freestyle relay. 

Kisil made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he was a semifinalist in the 100m freestyle. He also swam the second leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay that finished seventh. He won two bronze medals at the 2017 FINA World Championships with the mixed 4x100m freestyle and mixed 4x100m medley relays. He posted another top-10 finish in the 100m freestyle and ended the year being Swimming Canada’s Co-Male Swimmer of the Year. 

Kisil earned his first individual international medal at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships where he captured bronze in the 50m freestyle. Earlier in the year he had competed in five finals at the Commonwealth Games, including individually in the 50m and 100m freestyle events. 

At the 2014 Canadian Trials, Kisil became the youngest Canadian man to ever post a sub 50-second time in the 100m freestyle. He raced in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, just missing the podium with a fourth- place finish in the 100m. He was also part of the fourth- place 4x100m medley relay team and fifth- place 4x100m freestyle relay team. He competed in the same events at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, finishing 12th in both individual races and fifth in both relays. Kisil’s first major international meet was

A Little More About Yuri

Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 8 when his parents made him learn for survival reasons… He realized he had some skill so he stayed with it… Outside Interests: Attended the University of British Columbia… Enjoys kicking back, relaxing, playing guitar and dancing (specifically to Shakira)… Odds and Ends: Always cracks his knuckles before a race… Nicknames: The Missile, Yuri the Mankini, Yuri the Misil Kisil, Hips Don’t Lie… Favourite quote: “I’ve wrestled with an alligator, I’ve tussled with a whale; I done handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.” – Muhammad Ali…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioAquatics - Swimming4 x 100m Freestyle Relay7
2016 RioAquatics - Swimming100m Freestyle10
2016 RioAquatics - Swimming50m Freestyle35

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 – 7th (4x100m free relay), 10th (100m freestyle), 35th (50m freestyle)

Pan American Games: 2015 – SILVER (4x100m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x200m freestyle relay), BRONZE (4x100m medley relay), 6th (100m freestyle)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 – 4th (4x200m freestyle relay), 5th (4x100m freestyle relay), 5th (4x100m medley relay), 5th (50m freestyle), 7th (100m freestyle); 2014 – 4th (100m freestyle), 4th (4x100m medley relay), 5th (4x100m freestyle relay), 9th (50m freestyle) 

FINA World Championships: 2019 – 4th (mixed 4x100m freestyle relay), 5th (mixed 4x100m medley relay), 10th (4x100m medley relay), 13th (4x100m freestyle relay), 17th (100m freestyle), 25th (50m freestyle); 2017 – BRONZE (mixed 4x100m freestyle relay), BRONZE (mixed 4x100m medley relay), 10th (100m freestyle), 8th (4x100m freestyle relay); 2015 – BRONZE (mixed 4x100m freestyle relay), 8th (4x100m freestyle relay), 29th (100m freestyle), 13th (4x100m medley relay)

Pan Pacific Championships: 2018 – BRONZE (50m freestyle), 4th (4x100m freestyle relay), 5th (4x100m medley relay)