Blaž Medvešek

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Blaž Medvešek
Personal information
Full name Blaž Medvešek
Nationality  Slovenia
Born (1980-07-10) July 10, 1980 (age 36)
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Plavalni Klub Ilirija

Blaž Medvešek (born July 10, 1980 in Maribor) is a former backstroke swimmer from Slovenia, who competed for his native country of Slovenia at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece as well as at 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In his swimming career, he has represented Branik, Maribor and Ilirija, Ljubljana Swimming Clubs and achieved highest achievements while training in Ljubljana with coach Dimitrij Mancevič and team mate Peter Mankoč.

Blaž is still considered to be one of the most successful Slovenian swimmers of all time being finalist at all major swimming competitions including the 2004 Summer Olympics and winning numerous national titles. Furthermore, he still holds the national records in long course pools in 50 m backstroke (26.08), 100 m backstroke (54.88), and 200 m backstroke (1:58.61) as well as for short course meters pools in 100 m backstroke (52.69) and 200 m backstroke (1:52.39).

The highest achievements include (chronologically):

Medvešek decided to retire in 2006 to focus on other aspects of his life and is currently finishing a degree in economics at the University of Maribor in Maribor, Slovenia.