Israeli Olympic profiles: Ziv Kalontarov

After setting a new senior national record of 22.16 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle final, Kalontarov will be making his Olympic debut as a teenager four years earlier than planned.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
July 31, 2016 11:55
Israel Olympic

Ziv Kalontarov. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Date of Birth: January 15, 1997 (age 19)

Event: Men’s Swimming

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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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