Nevo London-bound with 11th-place finish

Israeli swimmer secures place at London Olympics after finishing 200-meters individual medley in 11th position at World Championships.

July 28, 2011 05:39
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Israeli swimmer Gal Nevo.

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.

The 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 final.

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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.

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