Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin ended the 100-meters backstroke at the world swimming championships in 12th place on Monday, improving his national record and proving he is in top form ahead of his main event later this week in Kazan, Russia.
Toumarkin, who has already booked his place at next summer’s Rio Olympics, knocked 13 hundredths of a second off the record on Monday, clocking a time of 53.77 seconds, 38 hundredths of a second from a place in the final.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old, who is competing in his third world championships, registered his best-ever finish at the event, which he will be hoping to improve on in the coming days.
Toumarkin will take part in the 200m back heats on Thursday in what is considered to be his strongest event and in which he reached the final at London 2012.
Amit Ivry continued her disappointing showing in Kazan on Monday, recording a time of 1:09.08m in the women’s 100m breaststroke, good enough for 28th place, 1.5 seconds from a semifinal berth.