Israeli Olympic profiles: Yakov Toumarkin

There is little doubt that Toumarkin is Israel’s leading swimmer and he will be aiming to show exactly why in Rio.

July 31, 2016 14:30
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Yakov Toumarkin. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Date of Birth: February 15, 1992 (age 24)

Event: Men’s Swimming

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Schedule in Rio: 100-meter backstroke qualifiers, semifinals – August 7, final – August 8; 200-meter backstroke qualifiers, semifinals – August 10, final – August 11

Career highlight: Seventh place in 200m backstroke final at London 2012

Outlook for Rio: There is little doubt that Toumarkin is Israel’s leading swimmer and he will be aiming to show exactly why in Rio. He claimed his third career medal at the European Championships earlier this year when he took a silver in the 200m back final. His goal in Brazil will be to improve on his seventh-place finish in that event in London four years ago, the best ever finish by an Israeli swimmer at the Olympic Games.

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