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Swimming: Nevo medals again at Europeans
By ALLON SINAI
11/25/2012
The 25- year-old finished third in the 400m IM, replicating his performance from the championships in Szczecin, Poland last year.
 
Gal Nevo enhanced his position as Israel’s most decorated swimmer this weekend, picking up two medals at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres, France.

After taking a bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley final on Thursday, the 25- year-old finished third in the 400m IM on Friday, replicating his performance from the championships in Szczecin, Poland last year.

Nevo, who also ended both events in 10th position at the London Olympics, clocked a time of 4:04.80 minutes on Friday and finished behind Hungarians Laszlo Cseh and David Verraszto for a second straight year.

The Kibbutz Hamadia native has now got five bronze medals to his name from the short course championships, also taking a bronze in the 400m IM in 2010.

Nevo came 49 hundredths of a second away from claiming his third medal in Chartres on Saturday, finishing the 200m butterfly final in fifth place in a time of 1:53.96m.

Despite Olympic finalist Yakov Toumarkin sitting out the championships and only five Israeli swimmers racing in France, the event will be remembered as the team’s best ever after Guy Barnea also took a silver medal in the 50m backstroke final on Friday.

Barnea, who won a bronze in the non-Olympic race in each of the past two European long course Championships, improved his Israeli record three times, ultimately lowering it to 23.46 seconds to finish in second place behind France’s Jeremy Stravius.

Barnea will vie for another medal on Sunday after advancing to the 100m back final from sixth place overall on Saturday in a time of 51.66s.
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