1998 Sportsman of the Year


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Flag: Ireland Ireland (IRL)


One of the outstanding swimmers in the ICSD history. Member of the Aer Lingus Swim Club in Dublin, John was the most recognized figure at the 7th European Championships held in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he easily won six (6) gold medals in the following distance races of 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly, and 200m individual medley. He was many times Games champion and is still a world record holder in different distance events.

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

IVANOV VasilyFlag: Russian Federation Russian Federation (RUS)Athletics
PETERSSON LarsFlag: Sweden Sweden (SWE)Shooting
MATTHYS TimFlag: United States United States (USA)Wrestling Freestyle
PARKKINEN RaimoFlag: Finland Finland (FIN)Bowling
ANDERSEN JannichFlag: Denmark Denmark (DEN)Badminton
JUKOVSKIY DenisFlag: Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (UZB)Football
BADARCH OtgonbayarFlag: Mongolia Mongolia (MGL)Wrestling Freestyle
FIORELLI MatteoFlag: Italy Italy (ITA)Athletics
NAZARENCO AlexeiFlag: Moldova Moldova (MDA)Cycling Road

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year