Swimming: Gostomelsky breaks 100m freestyle record

Israel's Olympic swimmers took center stage at the national swimming championships at the Wingate Institute on Thursday and showed that they are ready for the Beijing Games. Anya Gostomelsky improved her Israeli record in the 100 meter freestyle by 30 hundredths of a second, clocking a time of 55.16 seconds. "It's always exciting to set an Israeli record," said Gostomelsky, who like Israel's other Olympians, was competing for the first time wearing Speedo's LZR racer swimsuit. "I felt good in the water and I planned to break the record. I have two more weeks of rest before the Olympics and I believe that will help me improve the record even further." Alon Mandel, who will compete in the 200m butterfly contest in Beijing, won the event in 1:59.79m on Thursday, coming within 11 hundredths of a second of the Israeli record. Individual Medley specialist Gal Nevo finished in second position with a personal best of 2:00.84m. Tom Be'eri and Guy Barnea, who will also be in China, won the 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke respectively on Thursday, clocking impressive times and are also in good form ahead of the Olympics.