Swimming European Championships Nevo Just Misses Out on Medley Medal

Ivri sets Israeli mark in women's medley, Kopelev and Barnea excel in 50m semis.

Gal Nevo fell just 0.35 seconds short of a medal, swimming the men's 200-meter medley yesterday at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

Chasing the likes of Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, Britain's James Goddard and Austria's Markus Rogan, Nevo took fourth in 1:59.74 minutes. He trailed badly in the butterfly but started catching up on the breaststroke and came on strong but just a little short in the free-style break for the finish. Cseh, the favorite, won.

Amit Ivri had a successful day, qualifying for the women's individual medley with a time of 2:13.77 minutes in her semifinal, good enough for a top three finish. Her time also set the Israeli record, beating the one she set earlier in the day in the heats at 2:14.69. However, to guarantee her spot in the event at the Olympics, she will have to pare down her time to 2:11.76. "The record is important, and it shows me I'm in the right direction," Ivri said yesterday.

Jonatan Kopelev and Guy Barnea, competing in the first of the men's 50-meter backstroke semifinals, finished 1-2 with times of 24.98 and 25.29 seconds, respectively.

In the men's 200-meter butterfly, both Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Tom Kremer failed to make the finals, Bar Or finishing 11th in 1:59.09 minutes and Kremer ending in 14th after completing the event in 1:59.51.

In the men's 200-meter breaststroke heats, Imri Ganiel finished 23rd in 2:15.76 minutes. Jowan Qupty, hoping to become Israel's first Arab Olympian, finished 25th with a time of 2:16.72. Tal Hanani was 36th at 2:23.73.