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Shachar Sagiv is keeping it in the family with his Olympic success. Just three Israeli triathletes have ever had the honour of representing their country at an Olympics – and two of them did so in Tokyo. And they are brothers. Shachar and his younger brother, Ran, both competed in the sweltering heat, following in the footsteps of their father, Shemi Sagiv, who represented Israel as a marathon runner in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
With that background, it was perhaps no surprise that Shachar and his brother were encouraged into sport at a young age. Born in Zichron Yaakov in northern Israel, Shachar was motivated to compete from a young age and raced his first triathlon at just eight years old as an activity to enjoy with his father. However, it got a lot more serious very quickly for Shachar as it became apparent he had a real talent for the sport.
Aged 15 he moved to the Orde Wingate Sports Academy to allow him more time to train in high-performance conditions alongside his school work. He was also able to still train and compete while undertaking his military service.
Ron Darmon set the way for Israeli triathletes when he competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, finishing 26th. Shachar’s journey to finishing 20th in Tokyo represented the best ever position for an Israeli triathlete in the Olympics. He is coached by Uri Zilberman.
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