Swimming: Israel's Ivri takes 10th place at Euros

Swimming Israels Ivri

Amit Ivri capped an excellent European Short Course Swimming Championships for Team Israel on Sunday, finishing the 100-meter butterfly final in 10th position in Istanbul, Turkey. The 20-year-old, who also ended the women's 50m butterfly final in ninth position on Friday, clocked a time of 58.62 seconds and has cemented her place as Israel's leading female swimmer with her promising performance in Turkey. The highlight of the championships for Israel came on Friday when Gal Nevo became the sixth Israeli swimmer to claim a medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships, finishing third in the 400-meter Individual Medley final. The 22-year-old, who also came fifth in the 200m IM final on Thursday and seventh in the 200m butterfly on Saturday, just missed out on the final in the 200m breaststroke on Sunday, ending the event in 11th place in a time of 2:06.85 minutes. Nevo improved the Israeli record, but his time and all other Israeli records set in the championships in Turkey with the performance-enhancing, non-textile swimsuits, which will be banned by world swimming's governing body FINA from January 1, 2010, will not be recognized by the Israeli Swimming Association. Besides Nevo and Ivri, Miki Malul also reached a final in Istanbul, finishing sixth in the 50m breaststroke final.