Swimming: Records blownout of the waterat Wingate

Guy Barnea breaks Yoav Gath's six-year-old record in the 200m backstroke.

guy barnea 248 (photo credit: BASWIM)
guy barnea 248
(photo credit: BASWIM)
Three Israeli records were set on Wednesday in the second day of the national swimming championships at the Wingate Institute outside Netanya. Danny Melnik broke the first record of the day in the 100-meter breaststroke heats, clocking a time of 1:02.16 minutes. However, in the evening final Melnik failed to repeat his new national record and was beaten by former record holder Tom Be'eri, who touched the wall after 1:02.61m. Guy Barnea, who is one of 15 swimmers who are competing in the nationals just days after returning from the World Championships in Rome, broke Yoav Gath's six-year-old record in the 200m backstroke, winning the race in a time of 1:58.99m. The women's 200m backstroke record was also improved on Wednesday, with Anna Volchkov clocking a time of 2:14.89m. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or won his first title of the competition in the 400m freestyle (3:54.85m), with Anastasia Korotkov (100m breaststroke), Amit Ivry (women's 50m butterfly) and Alon Mandel (men's 50m butterfly) also among the winners on Wednesday.