Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or:
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or was born on April 25, 1989 in Israel. He grew up at the settlement of Avigdor and learned at Be’er Tuvia junior high school.
At high school, he was a member of the Maccabi Ashdod swimming club in Israel. Then he attended the Bolles School, in Jacksonville, Florida. In November 2006 he won the 200 yard freestyle at the Florida State 1A Championships, with the winning time of 1:38.37 minutes.
In July 2007, he won a silver medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships in the 200 m freestyle, with the time of 1:50.36 minutes, in Antwerp, Belgium. He also won a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle, with the time of 3:54.83 minutes.
After high school, Nimrod attended the University of Arizona where he majored in Management Information Systems at the Eller College of Management. In 2009, he won a silver medal at the NCAA Championships at College Station, Texas as part of the Arizona Wildcats 800 free relay team, with the time of 6:11.82 minutes. In 2010, he won a bronze medal at the same event in Columbus, Ohio.
Nimrod had also participated in many Israeli competitions. There, he won many medals and set new records.
Nimrod had competed on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. There he was the first Israeli swimmer to compete in the Olympic semi-finals.
At the London 2012 summer Olympics, Nimrod had finished the 200 meter freestyle qualifications in 1:48.60 minutes and finished 21st. He didn’t advance to the semi finals.
Imri Ganiel was born in Be’er Sheva on January 8 1992 and grew up in Omer. He was a member of Hapo’el Jerusalem.
In late December 2007, Ganiel had participated in the ‘Millennium’ competition in Kiryat Bialik, Israel. There, he set a new Israeli record of 50 meters breaststroke for 15 year-old swimmers with 29.61 seconds and another new Israeli record of 100 meters breaststroke for 15 year-old swimmers with 1:05.48 minutes.
Ganiel had also participated in many other competitions. For example, he won a gold medal in 2011 in Coimbra, Portugal for 100 meters breaststroke and a silver medal for 200 meters breaststroke.
At the London 2012 summer Olympics, Ganiel finished the 100 meters breaststroke qualifications at the 32nd place with the time of 1:02.07 minutes. He didn’t advance to the semi finals.
Gal Nevo was born on June 29, 1987 in Kibbutz Hamadia.
At a young age Nevo began to train in ‘Hapoel Gilboa-Beit She’an.’ When Nevo was 17 he has set a new record for 200 meters individual medley for teenagers.
At the World Swimming Championship, which was held in Rome in 2009, Nevo finished sixth in the 400 meters individual medley final.
At the Europe 2010 Swimming Championship, which was held in Budapest, Nevo won a bronze medal in the 400 meters individual medley, with the time of 4:15.10 minutes.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Nevo finished the 200 meters butterfly qualifications at the 32nd place with the time of 1:59.98 minutes, the 200 meters individual medley at the 12th place with the time of 1:59.56 minutes and the 400 meters individual medley at the 10th place with the time of 4:17.77 minutes.
He advanced to the semi-finals in the 200 meters individual medley and finished at the 10th place with the time of 1:59.17 minutes.
Yakov Yan Toumarkin was born on February 15, 1992 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. He immigrated to Israel when he was one year old and grew up in Ashdod.
He was a member of the ‘Maccabi Ashdod’ swimming club. When he was 13 years old, he began to train at the ‘Wingate Institute.’
At the 2009 Europe Swimming Championship, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, Toumarkin had finished at the 35th place in the 100 meters individual medley event, and by that had set a new Israeli record of 55.69 seconds.
He also participated in the 200 meters backstroke for 17-18 year-old swimmers and finished at the 19th place with a new Israeli record of 1:55.73 minutes.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Toumarkin finished the 100 meters qualifications backstroke at the 24th place with the time of 54.91 seconds. He also finished the 200 meters backstroke qualifications at the 8th place with the time of 1:57.33 minutes and by that set a new Israeli record. He advanced to the semi finals and finished at the 8th place with the same time of 1:57.33 minutes. He reached the finals and finished at the respectable 7th place with the time of 1:57.62 minutes.
We are all very proud of our Olympic swimmers and their achievements.
Israeli Olympic swimmers (video from IsraelinDR on youtube.com)