The second day of Israel's swim efforts at the Olympics was as disappointing as the first. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Yakov Toumarkin both failed to advance from the heats to the semifinals. Neither came close.
Shapira Bar-Or was first up in the third heat of the men's 200-meter freestyle. He finished second in his heat, but his unimpressive time of 1:48.60 minutes left him 21st overall.
Toumarkin took to the pool in the fourth heat of the men's 100-meter backstroke. He was slow in getting into the water and tired down the stretch to finish sixth in 54.91 seconds. That placed him 24th overall.
Toumarkin, who finished second in Europe and holds the Israeli record in the event, didn't show his full potential and will have to wait for Wednesday's 200-meter backstroke.
Toumarkin sounded disappointed after his heat. "I wasn't even close," he said. "Nothing came together for me." But he said Sunday's baptism of fire would help him prepare for the 200-meter race.
Shapira Bar-Or said that as much as he wanted to reach the semis, he was surrounded by a strong group of rivals. He said that at first, he felt the heat was going well.
He noted that he was the only swimmer on the team without a cap with a name on it. He added that in a way he was paying tribute to Jonathan Kopelev, who missed the Olympics because of an emergency appendectomy, but that he would have loved to swim with a cap with his own name on it.
The Olympic Committee of Israel issued a response to Shapira Bar-Or's complaint, saying it had sent a letter of rebuke to Speedo with a demand for an explanation, and that it would examine the issue further when the delegation returns from London. "Our sincere apologies to Nimrod," the committee added.
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