(photo credit: Courtesy)
There were familiar winners in the first full day of this year’s national
swimming championships at Wingate Institute on Thursday.
full-body swimsuits now banned, there were no new Israeli records set, but the
country’s top names still showed some encouraging signs ahead of the upcoming
European Championships, which get under way in two weeks’ time.
Ivri, who will be one of Israel’s biggest hopes at the Europeans in
won the women’s 50-meter butterfly final on Thursday in a time of 26.66
three-tenths of a second slower than her Israeli record.
Alon Mandel, who
will also be in Hungary, took the men’s 50m fly, touching the wall after
Other notable winners on Thursday were: Danny Melnik, who beat
Gal Nevo to claim the gold in the 100m breaststroke, Anastasia Korotkov,
the better of Yuliya Banach in the women’s 100m breaststroke and Nimrod
Bar-Or, who claimed the 400m freestyle title.
The championships will
continue daily through Sunday.