No final for Ivri

By AP
December 19, 2010 04:17

Amit Ivri finished 10th in the 100-meter butterfly semifinals at the swimming short-course world championships.

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Israel Swimming team in Dubai.

Israeli swimming team 311. (photo credit: Israel Swimming Association)

Amit Ivri’s hopes of making a final at the swimming short-course world championships were dashed on Saturday after she finished 10th in the 100- meter butterfly semifinals.

Ivri clocked a time of 57.22 seconds in the evening semis, eight-hundredths of a second slower than the Israeli record she set in the morning heats.

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Guy Barnea ended the 50m backstroke semis in 10th place on Friday in a new national record time of 23.93s.

Also Friday, Gal Nevo came within two-hundredths of a second of reaching his second final of the championships, touching the wall in a new Israeli record time of 1:55.43m in the 200m IM heats to finish in ninth position overall.

Nevo set his fourth national record of the event on Saturday, finishing the 100m IM in 54.20s to end the competition in 18th place.

Meanwhile, American Ryan Lochte set his second world record in as many days on Friday, and he’s just getting warmed up.

He added the 200-meter individual medley world record Friday to his 400 record a day earlier.

“There were a lot of mistakes I made and I can go a lot faster, I know that,” Lochte said. “It’s just a matter of time where I finally have a perfect race.”

While he may have not been completely satisfied with it, Lochte’s latest victory was a dominant display. He touched in 1 minute, 50.08 seconds to improve on the previous mark set by South Africa’s Darian Townsend by an astounding 1.5 seconds.

Lochte’s two marks represent the only individual world records set in 2010 – either in short- or long-course – after high-tech bodysuits were banned at the beginning of the year. By contrast, nearly every record in swimming was broken several times the previous two years.


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