Amro Al-Wir completes Jordan’s largest Olympic swimming list in history


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Jordan announced Amro Al-We as the third and final addition to the country’s official delegation traveling to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. The country will send 14 athletes to the games, including 3 for swimming, including Al-Wir and the brother-sister duo Talita and Khader Baqlah. From 1996-2016, Jordan sent 2 athletes to each Olympiad, making this year’s team the largest Olympic swimmer list in the country’s history.

Khader Baqlah will represent Jordan for the second time this summer, while his sister Talita will play her third Olympic game. Both siblings competed in the Rio 2016 games and Talita also swam in London 2012. Khader Baqlah swam the 200 freestyle in Rio and finished 31st and 51st with 26.48 in 2016.

Al-Wir will be on the list for Tokyo 2020 alongside Khadar and Talita Baqlah and will compete in the men’s 200 breaststroke. Al-Wir’s current PB in the event is a 2:12:40, which he achieved in May at the Pro Swim Series 2021 stop in Indianapolis. The swimming for Al-Wir was below the time standard of 2: 14.26 FINA B, but was slightly outside the FINA A average of 2: 10.35.

Jordan first sent swimmers to the Olympics in 1996 when Omar Dallal and Mira Ghneim competed in the men’s 400 freewheels and the women’s 200 IM, respectively. Dallal finished 34th overall with 4: 41.12 and Ghneim was 43rd in their event with 2: 56.99. The country also sent exactly 2 swimmers to the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 games.

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