(photo credit: Israel Swimming Association)
Yakov Toumarkin cemented his place as the future of local swimming on Saturday,
becoming the fourth Israeli to win two medals at the European Junior Swimming
The 18-year-old clocked a time of 2:01.14 minutes to take
a bronze medal in the 200- meter backstroke final in Helsinki, Finland, two days
after winning a gold in the 100m backstroke.
Toumarkin joins Adi Bichman
(1999), Vered Borochovsky (2000) and Nimrod Shapria Bar-Or (2007) as the
Israelis to win two medals at a single European Junior Swimming
Toumarkin nearly became the first Israeli to win three
medals at the event, but was disqualified for an illegal turn after
third in the 200m Individual Medley final on Friday.
Israel’s Nicol Samsonyk finished sixth in the women’s 50m freestyle
final in a
time of 26.45s.