1998 Sportsman of the Year


Photo: John KEALY

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 Vasily flag: Russian Federation RUSAthletics
PETERSSON Lars flag: Sweden SWEShooting
MATTHYS Tim flag: United States USAWrestling Freestyle
PARKKINEN Raimo flag: Finland FINBowling
ANDERSEN Jannich flag: Denmark DENBadminton
JUKOVSKIY Denis flag: Uzbekistan UZBFootball
BADARCH Otgonbayar flag: Mongolia MGLWrestling Freestyle
FIORELLI Matteo flag: Italy ITAAthletics
NAZARENCO Alexei flag: Moldova MDACycling Road