Dmitry Kroyter

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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 24)
Siberia, Russia
Residence Tel Aviv, Israel
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)[2]
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Club Maccabi Tel Aviv
Coached by Anatoly Shafran
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) High jump - 2.29 m (Schifflange, Luxembourg; August 2015)

Dmitry (Dima) Kroyter (Hebrew: דמיטרי קרויטר‎‎, IPA: [ˈkʀɔɪ̯tɐ], Russian: Дмитрий Кройтер; born 18 February 1993) is an Israeli Olympic high jumper.[3][4] He is a former World Youth Champion and Youth Olympics Champion.

Early life[edit]

Born in Siberia, Kroyter and his family emigrated to Israel in 1999.[5][6] He grew up in south Tel Aviv, raised by his single mother, Tatiana, who works as a housekeeper.[7][8][9] His parents are divorced, and he has no contact with his father Piotr, who lives in Moldova.[10][11] His brother Evgeni died from a serious liver illness in 2012.[12][13][14] Kroyter served in the Israel Defense Forces, completing his service in 2015.[15]

High jumping career[edit]

Kroyter has been coached in the high jump since 2005 by Anatoly "Tolek" Shafran, at Maccabi Tel Aviv.[16]

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.[17][18][19][20] That year Kroyter also won the Israeli senior championship in the high jump, with a jump of 2.19 m.[21] In June 2009 he set a world record for boys under 17 years of age, at 2.21 m.[22] He was hampered, however, by a thigh injury that prevented him from training.[23][24]

In 2010, despite a nagging injury Kroyter won the gold medal in the high jump at the Youth (18 or younger) Olympics in Singapore.[25][26][27] 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.[28] He was dubbed a "rising young star" at the age of 17 by Allon Sinai of the Jerusalem Post.[29]

In 2011, he cleared 2.28 m while he was 17 years of age (a personal best at the time).[30] 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.[31] He was the youngest competitor in the event, at 18 years of age.[32]

In 2012 Kroyter came 4th in the Men's high jump at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain.[33] He also won a gold medal at the 76th Israeli Athletics Championships.[34]

In 2014 he was about to retire because of pain from a relentless injury, but came back from it.[35]

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.[36][37]

His career-best high jump as of July 2016 was 2.29 m, in Schifflange, Luxembourg, in August 2015.[38][39] That met the International Association of Athletics Federations Olympic qualifying standard.[40]

Kroyter represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics, at the age of 23.[41][42] He exited in the qualification round after having jumped 2.17 m.[43]


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