Martin Liivamägi

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Martin Liivamägi
Personal information
Full name Martin Liivamägi
National team  Estonia
Born (1988-07-05) 5 July 1988 (age 28)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, medley
Club California Aquatics (U.S.)
Kalevi Ujumiskool[1]
College team University of California, Berkeley (U.S.)[1]
Coach David Durden (U.S.)
Greg Meehan (U.S.)[1]

Martin Liivamägi (born July 5, 1988) is an Estonian swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke and individual medley events.[1][2] He is a two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012), a 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 m individual medley, a double NCAA team titleholder (2011 and 2012), a 43-time Estonian swimming champion, and a 24-time national record holder in different age groups. He also won a silver medal in the same stroke at the 2006 European Junior Swimming Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Personal life[edit]

Liivamagi was born in Tallinn, Estonia, the son of Kalle and Tiina Liivamägi. He attended Tallinna Saksa Gümnaasium, and also, swam for the Kalevi Ujumiskool for four years, until he graduated from high school in 2007. One year before, Liivamagi rose to international fame at the 2006 European Junior Swimming Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where he earned a silver medal in the 200 m individual medley.[3]

Career[edit]

2007 FINA World Championships[edit]

At the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Liivamagi placed fourteenth in the 200 m individual medley. He broke a 2:02 barrier and posted an Estonian record of 2:01.37 in the preliminary heats to secure his place for the semifinals.[4] Liivamagi's record time also cleared a FINA A-cut, and earned a spot on the Estonian Olympic team.[5]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Liivamagi qualified only for the men's 200 m individual medley at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He challenged seven other swimmers on the fourth heat, including defending European champion László Cseh of Hungary. Liivamagi rounded out the field to last place by 0.48 of a second behind Spain's Brenton Cabello in 2:03.56. Liivamagi failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed thirty-fourth overall in the preliminary heats.[6]

Shortly after his first Olympics, Liivamagi matriculated at the University of California, Berkeley in fall 2008, where he majored in political economy with a focus on industrial societies and globalization. He also played for the California Bears swimming and diving team, under head coaches David Durden and Greg Meehan.[7]

2009 season[edit]

While attending UC Berkeley, Liivamagi still continued to fulfill prior commitments for the Estonian swimming team, by showing great improvement on the world stage. At the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, he cleared a 2-minute barrier for the first time, lowering a new Estonian record of 1:59.95 in the 200 m individual medley. He also barely missed the semifinals by recording a sixteenth fastest time and notching a final spot from the heats.[8][9]

At the 2009 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Liivamagi set short-course Estonian records of 53.52 and 4:12.15 in the 100 and 400 m individual medley.[10][11]

2010–2011 season[edit]

In 2010, Liivamagi won his first ever individual title at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, California, posting a time of 1:43.73 in the 200 m individual medley to clear an NCAA A-cut.[12] On the same year, he wounded up a third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Championships in Columbus, Ohio with his collegiate best of 1:43.05.[13] For the 2011–2012 season, Liivamagi helped his college team by rebounding two back-to-back swimming titles at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Washington.[14]

At the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, Liivamagi failed to advance into the semifinals of the 200 m individual medley, as he finished his preliminary run in twenty-sixth place, outside his record time of 2:01.88.[15]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Liivamagi extended his program, swimming in two individual events. He cleared FINA B-standard entry times of 1:01.45 (100 m breaststroke) and 2:01.50 (200 m individual medley) from the USA Swimming Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana.[16][17][18] During his Olympic run, Liivamagi was fully trained by California Golden Bears coach Greg Meehan, who served as an assistant for the Estonian team.[19]

On the first day of preliminaries, Liivamagi placed twenty-ninth in the 100 m breaststroke. Swimming in heat three, he posted a time of 1:01.57 to earn a fifth spot over Poland's Dawid Szulich and Israel's Imri Ganiel by one tenth of a second.[20][21] In the 200 m individual medley, Liivamagi challenged seven other swimmers on the second heat, including fellow Olympic veterans Bradley Ally of Barbados and Raphaël Stacchiotti of Luxembourg. He picked up another fifth spot by 0.09 of a second behind Russia's Alexander Tikhonov in 2:01.09. Liivamagi failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed twenty-fifth overall in the preliminaries.[22][23]

Personal bests[edit]

Long course
Event Time Meet
100 m breaststroke 1:01.45 2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix
200 m breaststroke 2:15.21 2012 European Aquatics Championships
200 m individual medley 1:59.95 2009 FINA World Championships
400 m individual medley 4:29.46 2011 Santa Clara International Grand Prix
Short course
Event Time Meet
100 m individual medley 53.52 2009 European Short Course Championships
200 m individual medley 1:55.66 2012 European Short Course Championships
400 m individual medley 4:12.15 2009 European Short Course Championships

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Martin Liivamägi". London 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Martin Liivamägi". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Rusticus, Oene (10 July 2006). "European Junior Championships Close with a Flourish". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "2007 FINA World Championships (Melbourne, Australia) – Men's 200m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 200m Individual Medley" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 37. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Men's 200m Individual Medley Heat 4". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Zhang, Kim (10 July 2006). "Incoming Recruit Swims Beijing Before Cal". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "2009 FINA World Championships (Rome, Italy) – Men's 200m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: Laszlo Cseh Lowers European Record in 200 IM Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "2009 European Short Course Championships (Istanbul, Turkey) – Men's 100m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "2009 European Short Course Championships (Istanbul, Turkey) – Men's 400m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pacific 10 Championships: Stanford Moves to Big Lead". Swimming World Magazine. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Texas' Austin Surhoff Touches Out Florida's Shaune Fraser in 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Cal Men's Swimming and Diving Wins 2012 NCAA Title". California Golden Bears. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "2011 FINA World Championships (Shanghai, China) – Men's 200m Individual Medley Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 100 m breaststroke" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 200 m individual medley" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "USA Swimming Grand Prix, Indianapolis: Michael Phelps Blazes World-Best Time in 200 IM". Swimming World Magazine. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Staff (25 July 2012). "Cal athletes around the world". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 3". London 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Cal Men Swimmers Compete in Day One". California Golden Bears. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Men's 200m Individual Medley Heat 2". London 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Adrian Wins Olympic 100 Free". California Golden Bears. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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