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Fifth Icelander to Attend Four Consecutive Olympics

Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson will be the fifth Icelander to compete at four Olympic Games in a row.


Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The 30-year-old swimmer received confirmation of an invitation from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) yesterday to compete in the 100-meter breaststroke to be held at the London Games on July 27, reports.

Jakob Jóhann competed in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008.

The other athletes to have competed in four consecutive Olympic Games are:

Guðmundur Gíslason (swimming): 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972.

Bjarni Friðriksson (judo): 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992.

Vésteinn Hafsteinsson (track and field): 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Kristinn Björnsson (Alpine skiing): 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee also secured a place in the Games, as reported by today. Anton Sveinn will compete in the 1,500-meter freestyle event and becomes the sixth member of Iceland’s Olympic swimming team.

Iceland is competing in a number of other sports at this year’s Games, including handball, judo, badminton, and track and field.

Click here to read about Iceland’s national handball team qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.


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