Israelis come up short on opening day of Worlds

December 4, 2014 06:14

Israeli swimmer Amit Ivry reached the semifinals of the 50-meter breaststroke at the world short course swimming championships last night in Doha, Qatar, but came up short in her attempt to qualify for the final.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

David Gamburg came within 10 hundredths of a second of reaching the final of the 100-meter backstroke on the first day of the world short course swimming championships in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old set a new Israeli record of 50.64 seconds in the morning heats, but couldn’t repeat the performance in the evening semis.

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He touched the wall after 50.78s to finish in 11th place overall, a mere tenth of a second behind France’s Benjamin Stasiulis, who was the eighth and final man to qualify for the final.

Israel’s Guy Barnea finished the semifinals in the 16th and last place after clocking a time of 51.64s.

Israel’s lone female representative in Doha, Amit Ivry, was the delegation’s first swimmer to compete in a semi on Wednesday.

She ended the 50m breaststroke semifinals in 15th place in a time of 30.91s, 23 hundredths of a second slower than her result in the morning heats.

The evening session began with an opening ceremony, with Gal Nevo proudly carrying the Israel flag in the Arab country.

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