Gostomelsky breaks Israeli record in 50m freestyle

Syrian swimmer due to use the lane next to Israeli athlete opts to stay out of the contest.

By JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT IN BEIJING
August 15, 2008 17:23
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Anya Gostomelsky capped a superb Olympic swimming competition for the Israel team, recording a new national record in the 50 meter freestyle on Friday. The 27-year-old touched the wall after 25.23 seconds, but despite winning her heat missed out on a semifinal berth and finished 19th overall. Syrian Bayan Jumah pulled out of Gostomelsky's heat, refusing to swim alongside an Israeli. "I didn't notice that the lane was empty. That's her problem," Gostomelsky said of the Syrian's withdrawal. Of her future the veteran swimmer said: "I will now take a break for a year and then decide. I'm fed up of training, but not of competitions."

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