Swimmer Amit Ivry 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The World Championships in Shanghai got off to a disappointing start for the
Israeli delegation on Sunday, with Amit Ivry swimming well short of her best and
failing to set the criteria for the London Olympics.
finished the women’s 100-meter butterfly heats in 24th position with a time of
59.56 seconds, more than a second slower than her Israeli record of
Ivry would have comfortably qualified for the semifinals and
secured her place in next summer’s London Games had she repeated her season-best
time of 58.64s.
But it just wasn’t Ivry’s day, and Israel’s leading
female swimmer will now have to wait a little longer before she books her flight
Gal Nevo also began his meet on Sunday, finishing 45th overall
in the 100m breaststroke heats in a time 1:02.32m.
Despite his lowly
position, Nevo will be encouraged by Sunday’s performance.
his personal best by 78 hundredths of a second, which will give him confidence
ahead of his main events later in the week, the 200m individual medley on
Wednesday and the 400m IM in the final day of the championships next
Nevo’s race was overshadowed by a political incident after Iran’s
Mohammad Alirezaei refused to swim alongside the Israeli.
Three years ago
the Iranian failed to show up for the 100m breaststroke heats in the Beijing
Olympics when he was supposed to swim against Israel’s Tom
Alirezaei’s actions were made to look especially petty by Syrian
Azad Al-Barazi, who separated politics and sports and raced against Nevo.