Gal Nevo 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Gal Nevo claimed his sixth career medal at the European Short Course Swimming
Championships on Friday, winning a silver medal in the 400-meters individual
medley final in Herning, Denmark.
However, the 26-year-old’s triumph was
bittersweet, with Nevo missing out on becoming the first Israeli ever to win a
gold medal at the continental short course championships by just two hundredths
of a second.
Nevo was in the lead entering the final 25 meters of the
final, but was eventually edged by David Verraszto of Hungary despite clocking a
new Israeli record time of 4:03.48 minutes.
Nevertheless, Nevo was
delighted at winning a third straight medal in the 400m IM final after taking
bronzes in the past two championships.
“It feels amazing,” he said. “Even
before I saw exactly where I finished and how close I was to first place I was
simply happy at breaking the national record. I didn’t manage to break it in the
past two years and was already wondering if I would ever do so
Nevo, who became just the second Israeli to win a silver in the
event, claimed not to be too disappointed at coming so close to taking the gold
and said he has already turned his focus to next year’s challenges.
trying not to think too much about those two hundredths,” he added. “I did what
I could and this just makes me even hungrier ahead of next summer’s European
Nevo will compete in another final in the last day of the
championships on Sunday after advancing to the 100m IM final from ninth place
overall on Saturday, clocking 53.81 seconds.
Amit Ivri came within 46
hundredths of a second of winning a medal in the women’s 100m IM final on
Saturday, finishing in fourth place in a time of 58.72s.
Guy Barnea, who
ended the 50m backstroke final in ninth place on Friday, will take part in the
100m back final on Sunday, advancing from eighth position in 51.66s.