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Jowan Qupty

Jowan Qupty

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1990
  • Age: 26
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Jowan Qupty (born June 6, 1990) is an Palestinian swimmer. His hometown is Jerusalem. He swims the breaststroke.
He is a two-time Israeli champion in the 200 m breaststroke. He and Jewish-Israeli Olympian Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or were high school roommates and best friends.

Qupty started swimming at a Jerusalem YMCA. Swimming in Israel as a youth, his team was a mixture of Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
He established records in the 200 m breaststroke in the Israeli national age group for ages 14, 15, 16, and 17. At age 15, he won a gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke junior division at the 2005 Maccabiah Games.
Qupty attended high school at The Bolles School, in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was 2007 Times-Union All-First Coast Florida Swimmer of the Year, and graduated in 2008. He won the Florida high school swimming state 100 yard breaststroke championship (57.27 seconds) for the Bulldogs. At 17 years of age, Quipty was ranked # 1 in the United States in the 200 yard breaststroke. He missed most of the 2007–08 swim season due to a shoulder injury.
Qupty and fellow Israeli swimmer Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or had known each other when they were children, and swum together for the Jerusalem United swim club in Israel. They attended Bolles together, where they were roommates for two years, swim team teammates, and became best friends. Qupty's father, commenting on the friendship and teamwork between his Christian Arab Israeli son and his son's Jewish Israeli roommate/teammate, said: "Just to see them together after the race jumping and hugging each other; they were so happy. I was looking at them through my tears. Coming from our part of the world, you don't see that." The younger Qupty observed that "people were amazed all the time" that he – a Palestinian – and a Jew could coexist, and Shapira Bar-Or said: "It shows how simple the situation is. If I can live with a Palestinian guy, I'm sure in our country we can live with a couple millions of Palestinians and Israelis together."
In July 2009, he won a bronze medal in 200 m breaststroke (2:24.43), behind Israelis Tom Beeri and Daniel Malnik, in Swimming at the 2009 Maccabiah Games. In December 2010, while a junior at University of Missouri, he established the Mizzou Invitational meet record in the 200 y breaststroke(1:59.56).
In November 2011, he was training in hopes of qualifying to represent Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Achievements and Awards

Qupty has come a long way since then. In three weeks, he will be graduating from the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the most respected high schools in the United States. The Bolles’ swimming programme is ranked top in the nation.

Next year, Jowan Qupty will be going to the University of California, Irvine, on a swimming scholarship. He will be training with Brian Pajer - one of the best coaches in the United States - who has trained two world-record holders and many Olympic gold medallists.

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