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Pieter COETZE
Sport Swimming
NOC South Africa   
GenderMen
Born13 May 2004 in Pretoria, RSA
Height1.97 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age eight in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Why this sport?
Initially a sprinter and rugby player, he was encouraged by his parents to take up swimming due to his older sister Jana's success at school level in the sport.
Club / Team
Tuks Swimming: Pretoria, RSA
Name of coach
Rocco Meiring [club]; Graham Hill [national], RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
Oom [Afrikaans for 'uncle', a name given to him by South African swimmer Chad le Clos after le Clos was surprised by Coetze's tall stature at age 16]. (up.ac.za, 14 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Securing qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo at the 2021 South African National Championships in Gqeberha, South Africa. (up.ac.za, 14 Apr 2021)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, US swimmer Ryan Murphy, South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker. (up.ac.za, 14 Apr 2021; rekord.co.za, 21 Apr 2021; newframe.com, 29 May 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you don't believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of." [Cristiano Ronaldo] (up.ac.za, 14 Apr 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 54.05
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
29 2021   Overall Ranking  
1 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 1:52.09
5 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 53.07
1 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 23.13
1 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 50.86