Nahum Buch

Nahum David Norbert Buch (נחום בוך; born November 23, 1932) is an Israeli former Olympic swimmer.[1]

Swimming career

Buch participated in swimming in the 1950 Maccabiah Games, where he shared the Best Athlete Award.[2][3]

Buch competed for Israel at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki at the age of 19 in Swimming--Men's 100 metre Freestyle.[1] He came in 7th in his heat in the first round, with a time of 1:05.6.[1] Buch was the first swimmer to represent Israel at the Olympics.[4]

Buch later coached the Israeli national swimming team for a number of years.[4][5]

Later he was recognised for his contribution to swimming by young Australian Jewish swimmers in 2019[6].


  1. "David Buch Bio, Stats, and Results".
  2. Galily, Yair; Ben-Porat, Amir (2013). "Sport, Politics and Society in the Land of Israel: Past and Present". Routledge.
  3. "Israel Directory". Miksam Limited. 2003.
  4. "Swimming for Gold, Wearing Blue and White". Tower Magazine. 9 August 2016.
  5. "Anat Hoffman Dares to Take On Israel’s Orthodox Establishment. Can She Win?", Moment, March–April 2013
  6. "Jewish swimming pioneer inspires next gen". The Australian Jewish News. 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

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