Sporting heroes for Israel's 60th anniversary: No. 57 - Yoav Bruck

By 1992 Yoav Bruck was already one of Israel's greatest ever swimmers.

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By 1992 Yoav Bruck was already one of Israel's greatest ever swimmers. The Ashkelon-born free style specialist had represented his country at the Barcelona Olympic games, finishing just outside the top 30 in the 100m and 50m freestlyle. But his greatest moment came at the Atlanta Games four years later, as part of the Israeli 4x100m medley relay team who became the first Israelis to reach a swimming final at an Olympics. While the team, which also included Vadim Alexeev, Eitan Aurbach and Dan Kutler, finished in eighth position in the final, it showcased the potential of Israel's swimmers. Bruck had made his name in the early 1990s when he attended Auburn University in the US. The young star was a key member of the school's swimming team which came fourth in the 1994 NCAA championships. He was later inducted into the Auburn Wall of Fame. Tomorrow: A high flying volleyball player who showcased his skills in Italy