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Vered Borochovski placed fifth in the 50-meter butterfly final at the European Championship in Madrid yesterday, while Ania Gostamelski swam 56.27 seconds to break the Israel record in the 100-meter freestyle. Gostamelski missed by 11 hundredths of a second to qualify for the Olympics.

With the 50-meter butterfly not an Olympic event, Borochovski has yet to secure a berth at this summer's games, and will have to wait for tomorrow's 100-meter event to try to clinch a spot in Athens.

The 19-year-old, whose top event is the 100-meter butterfly, was not phased by yesterday's achievement, and said she hoped to be in better form for tomorrow's race though she played down her chances of taking a medal.

Borochovski's time of 27.27 in the 50-meter final was 13 hundredth of a second off her personal best and 16 hundredths of a second away from a bronze medal finish.

With the exception of Borochovski and Gostamelski however, the second day of the championship continued to be disappointing for the rest of the Israeli delegation.

Miki Halika failed to make the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley, finishing 17th in a time of 2:05:37.

Shai Livnat recorded a personal best of 51.31 in the 100-meter freestyle, but was over half a second away from a semifinal place and finished 24th overall.

Maya Pikler came in 26th in the 100-meter freestyle and Mona Miron finished second from last in the 100-meter breaststroke.