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Dmitry (Dima) Kroyter (Hebrew: דמיטרי קרויטר‎, IPA: [ˈkʀɔɪ̯tɐ]; born 18 February 1993) is an Israeli Olympic high jumper.[1][3] He is a former World Youth Champion and Youth Olympics Champion.

Dmitry (Dima) Kroyter[1]
Israel track and field championship 2011 Dmitry Kroyter 01.JPG
Kroyter in 2011
Personal information
Nationality Israel
Born (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 26)
Siberia, Russia
ResidenceTel Aviv, Israel
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)[2]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High jump
ClubMaccabi Tel Aviv
Coached byAnatoly Shafran
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)High jump - 2.29 m (Schifflange, Luxembourg; August 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Siberia, Kroyter and his family emigrated to Israel in 1999.[4][5] He grew up in south Tel Aviv, raised by his single mother, Tatiana, who works as a housekeeper.[6][5][7] His parents are divorced, and he has no contact with his father Piotr, who lives in Moldova.[6][7] His brother Evgeni died from a serious liver illness in 2012.[6][5][7] Kroyter served in the Israel Defense Forces, completing his service in 2015.[8]

High jumping careerEdit

Kroyter has been coached in the high jump since 2005 by Anatoly "Tolek" Shafran, at Maccabi Tel Aviv.[9]

In 2009 he became Israel's first Youth (17 or younger) World Champion at the age of 16 by winning the gold medal with a high jump of 2.20 m at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics (the sixth IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics) in Brixen, Italy.[10][8][11][12] That year Kroyter also won the Israeli senior championship in the high jump, with a jump of 2.19 m.[7] In June 2009 he set a world record for boys under 17 years of age, at 2.21 m.[13] He was hampered, however, by a thigh injury that prevented him from training.[13][13]

In 2010, despite a nagging injury Kroyter won the gold medal in the high jump at the Youth (18 or younger) Olympics in Singapore.[14][15][16] His jump of 2.24 at the age of 16 at a competition in Moscow in February 2010 remains as of August 2016 the best high jump ever by a European youth under 17 years of age.[6] He was dubbed a "rising young star" at the age of 17 by Allon Sinai of the Jerusalem Post.[17]

In 2011, he cleared 2.28 m while he was 17 years of age (a personal best at the time).[8] Later in the year, at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, Kroyter cleared 2.16 m in the Men's High Jump qualifiers.[8] He was the youngest competitor in the event, at 18 years of age.[8]

In 2012 Kroyter came 4th in the Men's high jump at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain.[11] He also won a gold medal at the 76th Israeli Athletics Championships.[18]

In 2014 he was about to retire because of pain from a relentless injury, but came back from it.[3]

Kroyter won a silver medal in Men's High Jump with a jump of 2.24 m at the European Athletics Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, in July 2015.[3][8]

His career-best high jump as of July 2016 was 2.29 m, in Schifflange, Luxembourg, in August 2015.[3][11] That met the International Association of Athletics Federations Olympic qualifying standard.[19]

Kroyter represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics, at the age of 23.[3][20] He exited in the qualification round after having jumped 2.17 m.[21]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b The Lounge - Business & Innovation - Jerusalem Post
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Israeli Olympic profiles: Dmitry Kroyter - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Track and Field / Israeli Championships / High jumper Kroyter aims to qualify for London - Haaretz - Israel News |
  6. ^ a b c d Father figure - Haaretz - Israel News |
  7. ^ a b c d
  8. ^ a b c d e f Kroyter jumps back into picture as high-flying Israeli phenom - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  9. ^ Father figure: Dmitriy Kroyter and Anatoly Shafran
  10. ^ "Eight to watch at the European Juniors". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Dmitriy KROYTER | Profile |
  12. ^ Road to Rio: JLife's Olympics Preview - JLife
  13. ^ a b c 73rd Israel Athletics Championships / Profile / At just 16, high jumper already has full-grown Olympic dreams - Haaretz - Israel News |
  14. ^ Sinai Says: Five athletes with five backgrounds represent Israel at worlds - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  15. ^ At just 17, Kroyter taking Israeli athletics to new heights - Sports - Jerusalem Post
  16. ^ Athletics / Kroyter leaps to Israel's third gold - Haaretz - Israel News |
  17. ^ "At just 17, Kroyter taking Israeli athletics to new heights". The Jerusalem Post.
  18. ^ Nationals gold not enough for Kroyter, Muchkayev - Sports - Jerusalem Post
  19. ^ Athletics: Knyazyeva-Minenko targets medal at Euro Championships - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  20. ^ Kroyter suffers early high jump exit | Jewish News
  21. ^ "Olympics-Athletics-Men's high jump qualification results"

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