Toumarkin breaks nat’l backstroke record

The 18-year-old broke Yoav Gath’s nine-year-old Israeli record twice.

November 25, 2010 23:43

Yakov Toumarkin. (photo credit: Israel Swimming Association)

Yakov Toumarkin provided further proof of his potential for swimming greatness on Thursday, finishing sixth in the 200- meter backstroke final in the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, Holland.

The 18-year-old broke Yoav Gath’s nine-year-old Israeli record twice on Thursday, clocking a time of 1 minute and 53.97 seconds in the morning heats before improving it by a further 51 hundredths of a second in the evening final.

Toumarkin won gold and bronze medals at the European Junior Swimming Championships in July and claimed two silvers at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.

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Also Thursday, Amit Ivri improved Vered Borochovsky’s eight-year-old record in the 200-meter Individual Medley, setting a time of 2:12.71 to finish in 11th position.

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