Swimmers Vered Borochovsky and Yoav Gath each finished in sixth place in their respective races at the world short-course championships which ended in Moscow yesterday.
Borochovsky, 17, racing in her second final - the 100 meters butterfly - in these championships could not add to the bronze medal which she secured in the 50 meters event in the same discilpline and finished up in sixth place in 58.66 seconds.
The young Ashdod resident made the final with the fourth fastest time as she set a new national record in the process, but she stopped the clock three hundredths of a second slower than that in the final.
The race was won by Martina Moravcova of Slovakia, the world short-course record holder, in 57.04 with Australia's Petria Thomas second in 57.91 and Anna-Karin Kammerling of Sweden third in 58.12.
The race ended a very successful championships for Borochovsky, who became the first Israeli woman to win a medal at a world championships, and the youngster certainly looks to have a great future ahead of her.
Gath, swimming in the 200 meters backstroke reached his first final of the championships after success in the morning. He qualified with the third fastest time (1:54.53) while three other major medal contenders (Australia's Matt Welch, Gordon Kozhul of Croatia and Oran Aransen of Iceland) failed to advance.
All this appeared to augur well for Gath, who had already won a major medal at the European world championships two years ago but he opened at a steady pace and was never able to pick up the pace toward the end, stopping the clock in 1:54.32.
Gath was well behind race winner Aaron Peirsol of the U.S. who won in a world record time of 1:51.17. Croatia's Marko Strahija was second in 1:53.08, and Blaz Medvesek of Slovenia was third in 1:53.66.
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