Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir

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Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir
Personal information
Nationality  Iceland
Born (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 33)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley
Club Sundfélagið Húnar (ISL)
College team UC Irvine Anteaters (USA)

Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir (born July 15, 1981 in Reykjavík) is a retired Icelandic swimmer, who specialized in freestyle and individual medley events.[1] She is a multiple-time Big West Conference honoree, four-time Icelandic record holder, and a member of the swimming team for the UC Irvine Anteaters at the University of California, Irvine.[2][3]

Bjargardottir made her official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She failed to advance into the semifinals in any of her individual events, finishing twenty-seventh in the 200 m freestyle (2:05.22), and thirty-sixth in the 100 m freestyle (58.44).[4][5]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Bjargardottir shortened her program, swimming only in the 200 m individual medley. She achieved a FINA B-standard of 2:20.35 from the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.[6][7] Bjargardottir challenged five other swimmers in heat one, including two-time Olympians Marina Mulyayeva of Kazakhstan and Vered Borochovski of Israel. She raced to fourth place by 0.62 of a second behind 16-year-old swimmer Park Na-Ri of South Korea with a time of 2:22.00. Bjargardottir failed to qualify for the semifinals, as she placed twenty-seventh overall for the second time in the preliminaries.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Lára Hrund Bjargardóttir". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bjargardottir leading UCI swim team". Daily Pilot. 20 December 2002. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anteaters on the Rise". Swimming World Magazine. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 200m Freestyle Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 283. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 100m Freestyle Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 174. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "2003 FINA World Championships (Barcelona, Spain) – Women's 200m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Swimming – Women's 200m Individual Medley Startlist (Heat 1)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Women's 200m Individual Medley Heat 1". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Stephen (16 August 2004). "Women's 200 Individual Medley Prelims Day 3: Klochkova Aims for Repeat Olympic Gold; Americans Qualify 3rd and 4th". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 9 Mayl 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)