For the first time in 10 years and five editions of the event, Israel ended a world swimming championships without a single finalist on Sunday.
Gal Nevo was Israel’s last hope of making a final, but he finished the 400-meters individual medley heats in 14th place in the final day of the championships in Kazan, Russia on Sunday, clocking a time of 4:17.34 minutes.
Not since the 2005 championships in Montreal, have Israeli swimmers failed to reach even one final at the world championships.
In fact, since Yoav Bruck became the first Israeli to qualify for a final at a world championships in 1994, at least one Israeli swimmer had done so in every edition of the event apart from 2005, and now 2015.
Yakov Toumarkin was the delegation’s best performer in Kazan, advancing to two semifinals, ending the 200m individual medley in 11th place and the 100m backstroke in 12th.