Marc Hinawi

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Marc Hinawi
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Personal information
Nationality Israeli
Born (1997-04-12) April 12, 1997 (age 21)
Jaffa, Israel
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes 1500 m freestyle and
800 m freestyle
Club Hapoel Bat Yam
Coach Meir Levy

Marc Hinawi (also "Hinnawi" and "Hinaui"; Arabic: مارك حناوي‎, Hebrew: מארק חינאווי‎; born April 12, 1997) is an Israeli swimmer.[1]

At the 2013 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival, at the age of 16 Hinawi won a gold medal in the 400 meter (m) freestyle finals, setting a new world record in his age group. In June 2015, at the age of 18, representing Israel at the 2015 European Games he won a bronze medal in the Men's 1500 m freestyle.

Early life[edit]

Hinawi was born in Jaffa, Israel, where he grew up and resides.[1][2][3][4] His father is Jaffa-born Christian Arab-Israeli Tawfiq Hinnawi, owner of the "Hinnawi Nicola" liquor chain and of restaurants in Tel Aviv and Rishon LeZion, and his mother is Marva.[5][6][7] He is Arab-Israeli, and is Christian.[2][5][8][9][10] He studies at the Tabeetha School in Jaffa, and aspires to become a doctor.[5]

Swimming career[edit]

Hinawi began swimming at the age of five. Since then, his club has been Hapoel Bat Yam, and his coach has been Meir Levy.[3][9][11][12] He performs 11 workouts a week.[3]

He swims freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly at various distances.[12] Hinawi specializes in the 1500 meter (m) freestyle, and the 800 m freestyle.[13] In February 2013 at the Israeli swimming championship he competed in the 400 m, 800 m, and 1,500 m races.[11]

At the 2013 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in July 2013 at the age of 16, Hinawi won a gold medal in the 400 m freestyle finals.[2][8][11] He finished in a time of 3:57.73, a new world record for his age group and a personal best.[2][8][11] As he accepted his medal, the Israeli team applauded him and saluted him.[11][14] He also won a gold medal in the 1500 m freestyle, in a time of 15:33.72, setting another age group record.[15][16] He noted that it was his "sixth Israeli youth record in total."[17]

On July 10, 2014, Hinawi came in fifth at the European Junior Swimming Championships in the Men's 1500 m freestyle.[13] Two days later he came in ninth at the European Junior Championships in the Men's 800 m freestyle.[13] In December 2014 he set a new Israeli record in the 400 m freestyle at the Israeli short course championship, with a time of 3:45.74, breaking a record that had stood since 2008.[18][19]

In March 2015, Hinawi set a new youth record for the 1,500 m, swum in Israel. He swam it in 15:41.73 minutes.[20]

On June 24, 2015, at the age of 18, representing Israel at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Hinawi came in third and won a bronze medal in the Men's 1500 m Freestyle with a time of 15:25.63 minutes.[13][21][22][23][24] That time was a new personal best for Hinawi and junior Israeli national record (breaking his own prior national record), and was seven seconds slower than the senior Israeli national record.[21][22][25] The Baku swimming events were limited to junior swimmers, and the tournament also doubled as the European Junior Swimming Championships.[22][25] Hinawi said: "This feels amazing, but I expected to register a better result. I’m really happy, but I believe I can swim faster."[22] He said that his goal was to reach the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.[22] In the 800 m, he finished sixth, but set a new Israeli youth record with a time of 8:07:30 minutes.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Baku 2015 1st European Games – Athletes – HINAWI Marc". Baku 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Abigail Klein Leichhman (March 9, 2015). "19 under 19: outstanding Israelis to watch". ISRAEL21c. 
  3. ^ a b c "ספורט -מארק שפיץ:הכוכב הבא של השחייה הישראלית". NRG (in Hebrew). July 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "רשת ב – מדליית זהב לשחיין הישראלי מארק חינאווי באולימפיאדת הנוער בהולנד". (in Hebrew). July 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "הערבי-ישראלי שעשה היסטוריה בבריכה". ynet (in Hebrew). July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "ירושלים – המיליונר הערבי שרוצה לרכוש את בית"ר". ynet. December 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "סגנון ופנאי – אוכל nrg –סרט ערבי טוב". (in Hebrew). August 29, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b c "Arab-Israeli Teen Sets New Swimming Record at European Youth Olympic Festival". Algemeiner. July 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Marc Hinawi; Israeli Swimmer, Winner of Israeli Swimming Championship; Influential Christians in Israel". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  10. ^ "Aviv Omar in an interview with Mark Hinawi"[permanent dead link],, 7 October 2013
  11. ^ a b c d e "Arab-Israeli swimmer claims gold in youth Olympics". i24news. July 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Hinawi, Marc; Personal bests". 
  13. ^ a b c d "Swimming – Marc Hinawi (Israel)". 
  14. ^ Ainav Weisberg (July 17, 2013). "Israeli swimmer wins gold medal in Youth Olympics". Jerusalem Online. 
  15. ^ "מרק חינאווי שב לארץ: "כבר חושבים על ריו"". וואלה! ספורט (in Hebrew). July 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ "אין זו אגדה: על ההצלחה של השחיין מרק חינוואי". וואלה! ספורט (in Hebrew). July 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Tabeetha Marc Hinnawi we are proud of you!". July 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "חייה: עברי ירדה מגבול 57 השניות". ynet. December 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ "אליפות ישראל בשחייה: עברי קבעה 56.75 ב-100 פרפר". וואלה! ספורט (in Hebrew). December 24, 2013. 
  20. ^ "חייה: שיא בינלאומי למארק חינאווי". ynet (in Hebrew). March 29, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b Craig Lord (June 24, 2015). "Swimming News: Marrit Steenbergen – 53.97 A Euro Junior Record Set & Matched For Baku Gold". 
  22. ^ a b c d e Allon Sinai (June 25, 2015). "Swimmer Marc Hinawi brings Israel eighth medal at European Games". The Jerusalem Post. 
  23. ^ "Race Videos: Watch Day 1 of 2015 European Games". Swimming World News. June 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Baku 2015 European Games – Summary: Swimming Day 2". Swimmer's Daily. June 24, 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "באקו, שחייה: מדליית ארד למארק חינאווי". ynet (in Hebrew). June 24, 2015. 
  26. ^ "המשחקים האירופיים, היום ה-15: שיא נוער חדש למארק חינאווי". וואלה! ספורט (in Hebrew). June 24, 2015. 

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