Bold denotes current World Record
Updated 26 July 2014
"It’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others. Homosexuals have the same rights as people with brown or blue eyes, as people that are right- or left handed," said the Olympic Swimmer speaking on the Urheiluviikonloppu-show.
"Acceptance was hard, but not necessarily horribly hard either. It's been a long process for me," says Liukkonen.
"I wanted to tell my parents before I went public. They've shown great support," he says.
"Finally I can be myself. But I want to stress that I'll still be the same Ari-Pekka that is going to swim the 50 meters freestyle and one day beat the World Record. I want to win the Olympics in a World Record-time."