David Gamburg ended the men’s 100- meter backstroke final at the European Swimming Championships in the eighth and last place on Tuesday, while Amit Ivri once again missed out on a place in a final in Berlin by fractions of a second.
The 20-year-old Gamburg clocked a time of 54.87 seconds in the final, 11 hundredths of a second slower than the personal best he recorded in Monday’s semis.
He was nevertheless delighted with his performance in Berlin.
“This was my first time in a major final and I was very excited and nervous,” he explained. “To see everyone cheering me and the Israeli flag flying gave me goosebumps.
I still have a long way to go and I have big aspirations. My first goal is next year’s World Championships and after that I’m targeting a place at the Rio Olympics.”
Ivri improved her Israel record in the 100m breaststroke by almost a second in Tuesday’s semifinal, touching the wall in 1:07.89 minutes. However, after missing out on a place in the 50m butterfly final by eight-hundredths of a second in the first day of the championships on Monday, she came within five-hundredths of a berth in a final on Tuesday.
Yakov Toumarkin and Gal Nevo ended the 200m individual medley in 11th and 12th place, respectively, after failing to recapture their form from the morning heats and advance to the final. Toumarkin clocked a time of 2:00.90m in the semis, while Nevo, who finished the 200m IM in fourth place at the previous championships, finished in 2:01.03m.