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Date of Birth: January 15, 1997 (age 19)
Event: Men’s Swimming
Schedule in Rio: 100-meter freestyle qualifiers, semifinal – August 9, final – August 10; 50-meter freestyle qualifiers, semifinal – August 11, final – August 12
Career highlight: Gold medal in 50m freestyle at European Games in 2015
Outlook for Rio: Tokyo 2020 was always the main goal for Kalontarov, but he’ll be making his Olympic debut as a teenager four years earlier after being crowned as European youth champion in Baku last year. He set a new senior national record of 22.16 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle final, booking his place in Rio by meeting the Olympic qualifying time standards. The 2016 Games will be all about gaining experience for Kalontarov ahead of future Olympics.
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