Ali Khalafalla


Birthday: May 13,1996
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
College: Indiana University
Coach: Chris Vanslooten, Coley Stickles


  • African Champion
  • Mediterranean Games Bronze Medalist
  • Rio and Tokyo Olympian
  • Egyptian National Champion
  • 3*Big Ten runner-up
  • 2*World Championships Semifinalist


Ali Khalafalla is a Sprint Freestyler from Egypt who is a two-time Olympian. Swimming at both Rio de Janeiro and the most recent games in Tokyo, Ali has a strong understanding of adversity and determination in the sport.

Ali quickly became an Egyptian Record Holder in the 50 Freestyle that stood strong for 25 years! He recently broke that record in 2017, making him the fastest swimmer in Egypt’s history!

He graduated from Indiana University in 2018 and has been preparing for his second Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021. As the swimming community faced so many challenges through the pandemic, Ali prevailed and was able to qualify and represent his country a second time.

Ali is a passionate swimmer who believes in “Do what you love, and love what you do” in simplicity.

He is excited to teach young swimmers the power of following their dreams and enjoying the ride of the process.