Guy Barnea came within five-hundredths of a second of winning a medal at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin on Thursday, finishing the 50-meter backstroke final in fifth place.

Barnea, who claimed a bronze medal in the 50m back in the 2010 and 2012 editions of the Europeans, clocked a time of 25.05 seconds, six-hundredths of a second slower than his time in the semifinals and heats in Berlin (24.99s), which would have been good enough to scale the podium on Thursday.

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Vladimir Morozov of Russia won the gold medal in a time of 24.64s.

After amassing five medals at the Europeans two years ago, including a historic gold in the 50m back courtesy of Jonatan Kopelev, the Israeli delegation has yet to reach the podium in Berlin four days into the seven-day championships.

Amit Ivri is still searching for her first appearance in a final in Berlin after ending the 100m butterfly in ninth place overall on Thursday, 11-hundredths of a second from a place in the final.

Ivri, which clocked a time of 58.70s in Thursday’s semifinal, has come tantalizingly close to reaching four finals in Berlin, only to come up just short time and again.

Ivri, which won a bronze medal in the 100m fly two years ago, missed out on a place in the 100m breaststroke final by five-hundredths of a second, came within eight-hundredths of a place in the 50m butterfly final and was 1.07 seconds away from a place in the top eight in the 200m individual medley on Wednesday.

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