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After going a decade without a medal at the European Swimming Championships, Gal
Nevo gave Israel its second medal in four days on Sunday, finishing third in the
400-meter individual medley final on the last day of competition in
Nevo, who also won a bronze at the European Short Course
Swimming Championships in December, came up just short in the 200 IM last week,
finishing fourth, 37 hundredths of a second away from the
However, he executed his race plan to perfection on Sunday, and
joined previous medal winners Eitan Urbach (1997 and 1999), Miki Halika (1999),
Yoav Gath (2000) and Guy Barnea, who took a bronze in the 50m backstroke last
“I expected to win this medal,” said Nevo, who clocked a time
of 4:15.10 minutes. “I came very close in the 200m IM and that certainly
motivated me ahead of this race. My next big goal is next year’s World
Championships in which I hope to reach finals.”
Nevo was in eighth and
last midway through Sunday’s final, but a superb breaststroke section saw him
climb all the way to third position and he held off Italy’s Luca Marin to touch
the wall behind Hungarians Laszlo Cseh (4:10.95) and David Verraszto
“Always the same people, always the Hungarians in the top
positions,” said Nevo, who also finished behind Cseh and Verraszto in the short
course Europeans last year. “I finally want to get closer to them. That’s my
great goal for the coming years, but it will be damn difficult.”
post-race comments bordered on rudeness, but his margin of victory backed him
“I knew that I would not have too much to do to win this race,” said
Cseh, who also won the 200 individual medley and was the Olympic silver medalist
behind American Michael Phelps in Beijing.
“That is why I swam very
relaxed on the last 100 meters.”
Therese Alshammar also won her second
gold medal at the event on Sunday.
Alshammar clocked 24.45 seconds in the
women’s 50 freestyle, the Swede finishing 0.21 seconds ahead of Dutch swimmer
Hinkelien Schreuder. Francesca Halsall of Britain was 0.01 seconds behind
Schreuder, adding a bronze to the gold and two silvers she won
“It’s going so well for me, so why should I retire? The 2012
Olympics are a great goal,” said Alshammar, a four-time Olympian who turns 33
later this month.
Alshammar also won silver and bronze in Budapest to
extend her medal collection at major tournaments to nearly 70.
Bousquet claimed the men’s 50 freestyle. The European record holder won in 21.49
seconds, 0.20 faster than Stefan Nystrand of Sweden and 0.27 ahead of teammate
In the women’s 50 breaststroke, Efimova of Russia set a new
meet record of 30.29, beating Kate Haywood of Britain and Jennie Johansson of
Despite a nagging injury, Efimova won the 100 breaststroke on
Wednesday but later skipped the 200 in the discipline. She is the
world champion in the 50 and 100 breaststroke.
Hosszu and Zsuzsanna
Jakabos gave Hungary a 1-2 finish in the women’s 200 butterfly –
order from Thursday’s 200 individual medley – after Hosszu moved from
the halfway stage to finish in 2:06.71 and win by 0.35 due to a fast
Adlington won the women’s 400 freestyle in 4:04.55, the Briton
beating Ophelie Cyriell Etienne of France by 0.78 seconds. Lotte Friis,
the 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, was third.
In other finals, Britain
took gold in the women’s 4x100 medley relay and France was victorious in
Israel’s men’s team ended the medley relay in 10th place, with the
women’s side coming in 11th position.