Israelis shine in swimming short course in Qatar

Israeli swimmer (photo credit: REUTERS)
Israeli swimmer
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Amit Ivry and Ya’akov Toumarkin continued the Israeli delegation’s impressive showing at the world short course swimming championships in Doha, Qatar over the weekend.
Ivry ended the 100-meter individual medley final in seventh place in a time of 59.17 seconds on Friday, slightly slower than the results she recorded in the heats and semifinals the previous day.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the gold in a new world record time of 56.70s. Hosszu claimed her fourth gold medal of the event, and broke another world record, in the 200m IM on Saturday (2:01.86m).
Ivry finished the 200m IM in 12th place (2:09.26m).
Toumarkin ended the men’s 200m IM final in eighth place on Friday, clocking a new Israeli record of 1:54.36m. Despite improving Gal Nevo’s previous record by 51 hundredths of a second, Toumarkin still finished the final in last place.
The 22-year-old ended the 100m IM in 15th position on Saturday in a time of 53.72s.
“I’m happy I improved the Israeli record,” said Toumarkin on Friday.
“The fact I swam the second half of the final faster than the first is the reason I set the record.”
National team coach Leonid Kaufman was pleased with the form displayed by Ivry and Toumarkin.
“Ivry reached her first ever final at the world championships and that is an excellent accomplishment for her,” he said. “Despite being tired after the morning heats, Toumarkin swam like a pro in the final and improved the Israeli record. Setting a new national record was the target we set for all our swimmers.”
Guy Barnea came within three hundredths of a second of improving his Israeli record in the 50m backstroke on Friday, touching the wall after 23.49s to finish in 12th place overall.