World Aquatics spoke to both of the two-time world junior champions as they left the awards presentation area to get their initial reactions to being named the best male and female swimmers of Netanya 2023.

Male Swimmer of the Championships  |  Oleksandr Zheltiakov  |  Ukraine

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"It feels so great to be presented with this Best Male Swimmer of the Championships award. This award means so much to me and it means so much for my country Ukraine."
By Oleksandr Zheltiakov

Female Swimmer of the Championships  |  Lana Pudar  |  Bosnia and Herzegovina

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"I am so happy. I am so proud. I didn’t expect this. I am so surprised. I am so happy I came here to race. It is an amazing finish to this season."
By Lana Pudar