Yoav Meiri

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Yoav Meiri
Personal information
Full nameYoav Meiri
National team Israel
Born (1975-07-28) 28 July 1975 (age 43)
Jerusalem, Israel
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
College teamUniversity of Minnesota
CoachKelly Kremer (U.S.)[1]

Yoav Meiri (Hebrew: יואב מאירי‎; born July 28, 1975) is an Israeli former swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events.[2] He is a 2000 Olympian, a 20-time Israeli champion, and a four-time national record holder in sprint butterfly. While studying in the United States, he earned All-American and All-Big Ten honors in the 200-yard butterfly as a member of the University of Minnesota swimming and diving team.

Meiri accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers under head coach Kelly Kremer.[1][3] While swimming for the Gophers, he recorded a second-fastest time (1:45.98) in the 200 m butterfly at the 2000 Big Ten Conference Championships, and fifteenth at the NCAA Championships (1:58.75) to earn All-American honors.[4][5]

Meiri competed in two swimming events for Israel at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He achieved a FINA B-cut of 55.25 (100 m butterfly) from the European Championships in Helsinki.[6][7] On the sixth day of the Games, Meiri placed thirty-seventh in the 100 m butterfly. Swimming in heat four, he picked up a fourth seed by 63-hundredths of a second behind winner Simão Morgado of Portugal in 55.38.[8] Meiri also teamed up with Eithan Urbach, Tal Stricker, and Yoav Bruck in the 4×100 m medley relay. Swimming a butterfly leg in heat two, Meiri recorded a split of 54.54, but the Israelis settled only for fifth place and seventeenth overall in a final time of 3:43.39.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "2008–2009 Minnesota Golden Gophers Swimming & Diving Review: Kelly Kremer" (PDF). Minnesota Golden Gophers. p. 5. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Yoav Meiri". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Kelly Kremer Promoted to Head Coach of Aquatics at Minnesota". Swimming World Magazine. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Swimming and Diving Places Second at Big Ten Championships". Minnesota Golden Gophers. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Adam Messner Wins 200 Fly". Swimming World Magazine. 25 March 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Startlist (Heat 4)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ "2000 LEN European Aquatics Championships (Helsinki, Finland) – Men's 100m Butterfly Heats" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Butterfly Heat 4" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 207. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 4×100m Medley Relay Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 347. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

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