“This time Mykhailo was next to me and we did a great battle in the water. It feels amazing to be at the top of the podium again.”

“Tokyo is a long way to go but I am thinking about pool and open water, both. I will see and do anything that I can. It is cool because now I have a challenger, Mykhailo. I saw Mellouli a few years earlier, swimming both. It is fun. I like open water.”

“I was really happy to discover that the 800m made it to the Olympics. It is one more chance for me to tae a medal.”