Gal Nevo came tantalizingly close to winning his second continental medal on
Wednesday, finishing the men’s 200-meter Individual Medley final in fourth place
at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
clocked a time of 1:59.74 minutes, 35 hundredths of a second behind bronze
medalist Markus Rogan.
Nevo will now set his sights on scaling the podium
in the 400m IM for a second straight time after taking a bronze in Budapest two
Amit Ivri improved the Israeli record in the women’s 200m IM
by almost two seconds on Wednesday, first by a second in the morning heats and
then by another 92 hundredths when she advanced to the final from sixth place
overall in a time of 2:13.77m.
However, Ivri does not plan to take part
in the final, deciding with Israel coach Leonid Kaufman to fully focus on
setting the Olympic Qualifying Time in her main event the 100m butterfly on
Two other Israelis will be taking part in a final on Thursday
and both will be confident of claiming a medal. Jonatan Kopelev qualified for
the final of the 50m backstroke from first place overall on Wednesday in a time
of 24.98s, while Guy Barnea, who won a bronze in the event two years ago,
advanced from third place after clocking 25.29s.
Also Wednesday, Nimrod
Shapira Bar-Or and Tom Kremer reached the 200m fly semis, but missed out on a
place in the final, with Shapira finishing in 11th overall and 17-year-old
Kremer in 14th.
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