Further disappointment for Israeli swimmers in Euros

The Israeli delegation experienced a frustrating weekend at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

August 24, 2014 04:41
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Amit Ivri

Amit Ivri experienced yet more frustration at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin, just missing out on a place in the 50-meter breaststroke final. . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The Israeli delegation experienced a frustrating weekend at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

None of Israel’s swimmers managed to qualify for a final, with Yakov Toumarkin finishing in a disappointing ninth place in the 200-meter backstroke on Friday.

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Toumarkin clocked a time of 1:58.83 minutes in the semifinals, missing out on a place in the top eight by 37 hundredths of a second.

Toumarkin won bronze medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the previous championships and finished the 200m back final in seventh place at the London Olympics.

Also Friday, Yaron Shagalov ended the 50m breaststroke in 10th place in a time of 27.83s, 13 hundredths from qualifying for the final.

Amit Ivri broke the Israeli record in the women’s 50m breaststroke twice on Saturday, but yet again just missed out on a place in the final.

She touched the wall after 31.42s to finish in 10th place overall, 11 hundredths from the final.

Ivri also failed to reach the 100m butterfly final by 11 hundredths, came within eight hundredths of the 50m butterfly final, missed out on a berth in the 100m breaststroke final by five hundredths of a second, and was 1.07 seconds away from a place in the top eight in the 200m individual medley.

Also Saturday, Keren Siebner ended the 200m butterfly in 16th place overall. Siebner clocked a time of 2:14.74m in the semis after improving her national record by a second in the morning heats (2:12.19m).

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