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Roman Krech


SportSpeed Skating
Born14 Jul 1989 in  Petropavlovsk
FamilyWife Victoria, one daughter [2015]
ResidencePetropavl, KAZ
LanguagesRussian, English
Higher educationCoaching, Physical Education - North Kazakhstan State University: Petropavl, KAZ
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.21 25 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:08.21 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:51.57 21 Oct 2009 Chelyabinsk  
    5000m 7:21.79 23 Feb 2008 Changchun  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    1000m     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamDynamo: Kazakhstan  
Reason for choosing this sportHe asked his elder brother Stanislav, who was already involved in speed skating, to take him to a training session. Stanislav eventually gave up the sport but Roman persevered.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 1998 in Petropavl, Kazakhstan.  
Name of coachVadim Sayutin, RUS, from 2009  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo win medals at the world championships and at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2017)  
HobbiesPlaying the electric guitar, photography. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the 500m at the 2016 World Cup event in Harbin, People's Republic of China, finishing seventh in the 500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and his performance at the 2017 World Sprint Championships in Calgary, AB, Canada. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis coaches, and his family. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2015)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Patience and keep working." (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolKazakh cyclist Alexander Vinokourov. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017)  
InjuriesHe underwent knee surgery in October 2014 after falling off his bicycle. He also required operations on his knee in 2012 and 2017. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017;, 25 Jan 2015)

He broke his collarbone in a cycling accident ahead of the 2013/14 season. He had surgery and missed two World Cup events. He had only recently returned to training following 18 months out with a knee injury. (, 06 Dec 2013;, 13 Nov 2013)
Awards and honoursHe holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m7  
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m13  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall14  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall14  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m16  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m16  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m16  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m19  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m19  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall25  
    2009/2010 World Sprint Championships Overall26  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall26  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m28  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m34  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m35  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m15  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m21  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m23  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m25  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m24  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m27  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m27  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m32  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m35  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m37  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m39  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m41  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m44  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall48  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m49  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m59