Melamed, Avraham : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Melamed, Avraham


Country Represented:

Years Competed:
1964, 1968

Olympic Info:
One of Israel's top swimmers in the 1960s, Melamed competed at two Olympiads. At the 1964 Tokyo Games, he finished fifth in his preliminary heat of the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:19.5 and did not advance to the semifinals; he officially finished in 23rd place.

Four years later, Melamed returned to the Olympics at the Mexico City Games and competed in two events. In the 100-meter butterfly, he placed third in his preliminary heat (59.4) and reached the semifinals, officially finishing ninth overall. In the 200-meter butterfly, he again placed third in his preliminary heat (2:15.4), but did not advance to the final.

Career Highlights:
During the 1960s, Melamed was one of Israel's top swimmers. Besides competing in two Olympiads, he was named Israel's Sportsman of the Year in 1963, and won a silver medal in the butterfly at the 1966 Asian Games. In 1998, he was honored as one of Israel's top 50 athletes in its history.

Melamed has continued to compete as a Master swimmer and holds various New York Swim Meet Records. As of April 1999, Melamed held records in the 100-meter fly, 200-meter fly, and 200-meter individual medley in the both the 40-44 age group and 45-49 age group.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. May 29, 1944


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