Gal Nevo 311.
(photo credit: Israel Swimming Ass.)
Gal Nevo secured his place at the London Olympics exactly one year before the
start of the 2012 Games on Wednesday, finishing the 200-meters individual
medley in 11th position at the World Championships in Shanghai.
24-year-old advanced to the semifinals after clocking a time of 1:59.98 minutes
in the morning heats before improving to 1:59.67m in the evening race, which
left him in 11th, 20 hundredths of a second from a place in the
Now that he no longer faces the pressure of qualifying for next
summer’s Olympics, Nevo will turn his attention to Sunday’s 400m IM in which he
hopes to reach the final for a second straight championship after equaling the
best ever finish by an Israeli at the worlds in Rome in 2009, when he ended the
event in sixth position.
Nimrod Shapira Bar Or, who became the first
Israeli swimmer to book his place in London by reaching the 200m freestyle semis
on Monday, ended the 100m free in 35th position on Wednesday, touching the wall
after 49.91 seconds.
Also Wednesday, Anna Volchkov finished the women’s
50m backstroke in 44th place in a time of 30.59s.