In the 2000 Sydney Games, Podoprigora swam in the 200-meter breaststroke event for Austria and ranked 11th (2:14.20). In the 2004 Athens Games he swam in the fifth heat of the 100-meter breaststroke event and finished second (1:03.08) after a very slow start and failed to make the semis. Maxim swam in heat five of the 200-meter breaststroke on August 17 and placed fifth (2:14.31), thus qualifying for the semifinals. The native Ukrainian was a bit slower in the semi's (2:14.66), finished sixth in the second semi and failed to make the final.
Maxim is among the premier breaststroke swimmers in Europe. In 1998 he claimed third place in the SC (short course) European Championships 200-meter breaststroke event (2:10.09). He repeated his third place finish in 2000, this time in the LC (long course) European Championships (2:15.07). In 2001 he won silver in the LC World Championships for his performance in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:11.09), and the gold in the SC European Championships race (2:07.79). In 2002 Maxim ranked second in the SC European Championships 200-meter breaststroke event (2:09.87). Podoprigora won the 200-meter breaststroke event in both the 2002 SC World Cup (2:11.59) and the 2003 SC World Cup (2:07.46). The naturalized Austrian is also an accomplished 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter breaststroke swimmer.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 18, 1978
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