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Amit Ivry (Hebrew: עמית עברי‎; born September 2, 1989, in Eilat, Israel) is an Israeli Olympic swimmer, Maccabiah Games champion, and national record holder. She competes in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and medley.[4]

Amit Ivry
עמית עברי
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Amit Ivry, 2010
Personal information
Nationality  Israel
Born (1989-09-02) September 2, 1989 (age 29)[1]
Eilat, Israel[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes 100 m backstroke, 100 m breaststroke, 100 m butterfly, 100 m medley, 200 metres Individual Medley, 50 m backstroke, 50 m breaststroke, 50 m butterfly[1][2]
Club Hapoel Emek Hefer, Israel
Coach Leonid Kaufman[3]
Amit Ivry
Medal record
Women's Swimming
Representing  Israel
Maccabiah Games
Gold medal – first place 2009 Israel 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2017 Israel 100 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Israel 100 m freestyle
European Aquatics Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Debrecen 100 metre butterfly

Ivry won a gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in the Women's 100 m butterfly, and a bronze medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in the Women's 100 m freestyle. In 2012, she won a bronze medal in the 100 m butterfly at the long-course European Swimming Championships.

She holds the Maccabiah Games and Israeli records in the Women's 100 m butterfly. She also holds the Israeli national records in the Women's 50 m backstroke, 50 m breaststroke, 100 m breaststroke, 200 m Individual Medley, and 4 × 100 m medley relay.

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Swimming careerEdit

Early years; Maccabiah gold medalEdit

Ivry won a gold medal in the 2009 Maccabiah Games in the Women's 100 m butterfly, with a time of 58.50.[5][6] One month later, in August 2009, she and three teammates set a new Israeli record in the 4x100 Medley relay, breaking the old record by five seconds, with a time of 4:09.49 minutes.[7]

In December 2010, she set the Israeli national record in the Women's 100 m butterfly, with a time of 57.14.[8] In February 2011, she and her teammates at Hapoel Emek Hefer set an Israeli record in the 4x50 meter medley, with a time of 1:57.80 minutes, at the Israel Short Course Championships at Ashdot Yaakov.[9]

2012; OlympicsEdit

In 2012, she won a bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the long-course European Swimming Championships in Hungary, with a time of at 58.64 seconds, and became the first Israeli women to place and win a medal for Israel at the championships.[10]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she finished 18th overall in the heats in the Women's 100 metre butterfly.[1] In the 200 metre individual medley, Ivry placed 13th in the heats and reached the semi-final, becoming the first Israeli female swimmer to compete in an Olympic semi-final, with a new Israeli record time of 2:13.29 minutes.[1]

2013; World Cup medals, and controversyEdit

In July 2013, in the women's 50-meter sprint breaststroke Ivry won a bronze medal with a 31.95, matching the Israeli national record.[11] Later that month, she won a bronze medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in the Women's 100 m freestyle, with a time of 57.19.[12][13] That same month, at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, she set a new Israeli record in the 100 m breaststroke, swimming the distance in a time of 1:08.52, besting the previous record of Yuliya Banach by 41 hundredths of a second.[14]

In August 2013, she set Israeli women's records in the 50 m backstroke, with a time of 28.51, and in the 50 m breaststroke, with a time of 31.66, at the Israeli Summer Nationals.[15][16]

In October 2013, Ivry won a bronze medal in the 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, setting a new national record in the 100 m breaststroke final.[17]

Later that month, she finished 2nd and won a silver medal in women's 100 meter mixed individual medley in the FINA Swimming World Cup in swimming in Doha, Qatar, breaking the Israeli national record at 58.43 seconds at the Hamad Aquatic Center.[18][19] The Quatari hosts refused to broadcast the Israeli flag, and a [blank white square, rather than the Israeli flag, appeared next to her name on the TV screens airing the event.[17][18] The Israeli flag was also removed from outside the aquatic center at the FINA event.[17]

The FINA Code of Ethics states that Fédération Internationale de Natation tournaments must have: "no discrimination on the basis of ... race, religion, or political opinion".[20] The incidents raised questions about whether Qatar should still host the 2014 World Short-Course Championships.[21][22]

2016; OlympicsEdit

Ivri represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics in the Women's 100 m butterfly, 100 m breaststroke, 200 m breaststroke, and 4x100 m freestyle.[23]

2017; Maccabiah gold and silver medalsEdit

Ivry won the gold medal in the women’s 100m butterfly at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, with a time of 59.37.[24] Ivry, Keren Siebner, Shahar Menahem, and Or Tamir set an Israeli national record in the women’s 4×100m medley relay with a time of 4:11.67 as they won a silver medal.[25]

RecordsEdit

MaccabiahEdit

  • Girls (age 13–16) 100 m butterfly (58.50 on July 20, 2009)[26][27][28]
  • Women's 100 m butterfly (58.21 on August 8, 2009)[26][27][28]

NationalEdit

  • Girls (age 13–16) 100 m butterfly (58.50 on July 20, 2009)[26][27][28]
  • Women's 100 m butterfly (57.14 in December 2010)[29]
  • Women's 50 m breaststroke (31.66 in August 2013).[15][16]
  • Women's 100 m breaststroke (1:08.52 in July 2013)[15][16][27]
  • Women's 50 m backstroke (28.51 in August 2013)[15][16][27]
  • Women's 200 m Individual Medley (2:13.29 on July 30, 2012)[15][16][27]
  • Women's 4x100 Medley relay (4:09.49 minutes on August 1, 2009).[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Ivry's great-grandmother, Miriam Roth, authored a number of classic children's books known by Israelis, including "Hot Corn," "Yael's Home," and "Story of Five Balloons."[3][30] Ivry's love is cooking, and she hopes to be a chef.[3]

Her coach was Assaf Meimon from the age of 12 to 21, when she switched to Leonid Kaufman.[3]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Swimming – Amit Ivry (Israel): season totals". The-sports.org. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ben, Tal (June 4, 2012). "Swimming/ London 2012 /'The Olympic Games? Just another important tournament'". Haaretz. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Amit Ivry". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Zack Colman (July 21, 2009). "US men's hoops limps into medal round. Pearl's boys narrowly avoid another loss, to face Canada in semis". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Games and Results; Maccabiah Swimming" (PDF). www.maccabiah.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Allon Sinai (August 2, 2009). "Israel still without a finalist going into meet's last day as Barnea comes oh-so-close". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lane 9 News: FINA World Short Course Championships: Ryan Lochte Shines During Day Four Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. January 1, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. February 18, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Amit Ivry". Olympics.israel21c.org. June 25, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Plenty of Big Names Mark Final Day of French Open". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Maccabiah 2013; Winners and Medals; Swimming" (PDF). maccabiah.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sinai, Allon (July 22, 2013). "Weber-Gale doesn't disappoint, wins 100m gold". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Sinai, Allon (July 29, 2013). "Ivry sets Israeli record, still 18th". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e איגוד השחייה בישראל – הצגת הגמרים של יום חמישי (in Hebrew). Isa.one.co.il. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d e איגוד השחייה בישראל – שיאי ישראלי אישי וקבוצתי בערב יום שישי של אליפות ישראל! (in Hebrew). Isa.one.co.il. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c Sinai, Allon (October 22, 2013). "Israel's flag removed from swimming event in Qatar but Israeli swimmer wins two medals anyway". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Qatar: Israeli record and silver medal to swimmer Amit Ivry". Ynetnews.com. October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ Ron Dicker (October 22, 2013). "Israel's Flag Makes Waves, Then Disappears at Swimming World Cup in Qatar". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Israel, Israeli swimmers face discrimination at events in Arab countries". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ "World swim body warns Qatar, UAE for Israel snubs". NZ Herald News. October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "World swim body warns Qatar, UAE over Israel snubs". Al Arabiya. October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ Swimming - Amit Ivry (Israel)
  24. ^ "Murez Picks Up 2nd Gold Of Maccabiah Games With 1:59 200 Free," SwimSwam Magazine.
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  26. ^ a b c Allon Sinai (August 9, 2009). "More records fall at swimming nationals". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f "19th Maccabiah Games; Wingate Institute; 21/07 – 24/07/2013" (PDF). one.co.il. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b c Oster, Marcy (July 21, 2009). "Lezak, U.S. swim relay teams take golds". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Lane 9 News: FINA World Short Course Championships: Ryan Lochte Shines During Day Four Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. January 1, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  30. ^ Karpel, Dalia (December 10, 2003). "The age of sweetness". Haaretz. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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