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Miki Malul finished the 50-meter breaststroke final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in sixth place Wednesday, recording one of the biggest achievements in Israeli swimming history.
Malul, who clocked a time of 28.19 seconds in Melbourne, equaled Vered Borochovski's sixth-place finish at the 2003 championships.
By taking part in the final, he joined Yoav Bruk, Eitan Orbach, Yoav Gat and Borochovski as the only Israelis to finish among the top eight at a world championship.
Despite finishing sixth, Malul has still not met the Israel Olympic Committee's criteria for the 2008 Beijing games since the 50m breaststroke is not an Olympic event.
Also Wednesday, Anya Gostomelsky finished the 50m backstroke in 30th place with a time of 29.84 seconds.
Gostomelsky will race the 200m backstroke on Friday. She will be trying for a semifinal spot that will book her place at the Beijing games.
Shay Livnat finished the 100m freestyle heats in a new personal best time of 50.79 seconds, which placed him in 55th position overall.