Alon Mandel (אלון מנדל; born 23 August 1988) is an Israeli swimmer who represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Mandel is the national record holder (2014) in 50- and 100-meter butterfly. Mandel won the 100-meter butterfly at the 2009 Maccabiah Games and still holds the record in that event.Biography
Mandel was born in the United States and was raised in Netanya, Israel. He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in environmental engineering from Tel Aviv University, and another master's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University as well.Mandel started swimming at age 6 and began training at the club Hapoel Emek Hefer. Initially he raced in backstroke, and set records for youth in both the 50- and 100-meter backstroke. In 2006, at age 18, Alon was recognized as an athletic prodigy, and postponed his mandatory army service in order to study chemical engineering at the University of
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