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Ayman KLZIE
Sport Swimming
NOC Syria   
GenderMen
Born07 Jan 1993 in Aleppo, SYR
Height1.78 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Tuckki
Residence
Phuket, THA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Arabic, English
Higher education
Business - Damascus University: Syria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after spending time at the pool with his family. "In the beginning, I didn't feel I had the talent to be a professional swimmer but I always had a feeling of love in the water."
Club / Team
Thanyapura: Phuket, THA
Name of coach
Mohammed Mardini [personal]
Training Regime
He trains at Thanyapura Sports & Health Resort in Phuket, Thailand. He trains in the pool from 09:00 to 15:00, followed by a gym session, and then another pool session in the evening.
General Interest
Nicknames
Aymoon (Facebook profile, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Chad le Clos. (swimswam.com, 06 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter what happens to you, be happy and enjoy life. God made everything for you. Never give up." (swimswam.com, 06 Sep 2019)
Other sports
He has played for the Aleppo water polo team in the Syrian Arab Republic. (Facebook profile, 17 Dec 2018)
Other information
MOVE TO THAILAND
He moved to Thailand in 2017 because of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Originally from Aleppo, in 2011 he travelled to Damascus to train, where he expected to spend one month. But after the Arab Spring protests turned into conflict, he stayed in Damascus for the next five years. He said his training in Damascus was constantly interrupted by the war. "We were swimming in really cold water or swimming without light. Sometimes there's a rock at the bottom of the pool and people think it's a bomb. Training would be cancelled whenever a gunfight broke out near the pool. The roof of the pool could be destroyed for weeks at a time. In the winter, the pool temperature would get down to 12 or 13 degrees celsius. The swimmers would be physically unable to go beyond 2000 metres in a session and when the lights went out, they trained in the dark, with one coach standing at each end to illuminate the wall by the light of a mobile phone." (myswimpro.com, 31 Mar 2021; swimswam.com, 06 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
32 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:59.57
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
51 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.04
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 2:00.59
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 55.15
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:01.44
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 56.59
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:04.60
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 55.84
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:41.12
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 56.48
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 24.64
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:00.58
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 55.53
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly  DNS
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle DNS
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Individual Medley 4:26.32
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly 2:02.41
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.30
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:03.89
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 55.07
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 51.59
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Kazan, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:29.69
3 2014 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:55.83
5 2014 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:43.81
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.56
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:39.84
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 26.01
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:07.16
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 53.88
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 2:11.21
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Incheon, KOR 100m Butterfly 56.56
Heats 2014 Incheon, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:09.16
Heats 2014 Incheon, KOR 400m Individual Medley 4:39.92