Nevo, right, and Barnea
Nevo, right, and Barnea are the two most talented Israeli swimmers of their generation. Photo by Seffi Magriso
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Gal Nevo recovered in the middle of Wednesday's 200-meter individual medley final in Hungary, but missed out on a medal at the very end of the race. The 23-year-old from Kibbutz Hamadia, who took the third fastest time into the European Championships final, fell behind during the first two legs but came on strong during the breaststroke segment to briefly pull into third place.

However, Joe Roebuck of Great Britain caught Nevo on the final freestyle leg to claim bronze with a time of 1:59.46, 0.37 seconds better than the Israeli. Laszlo Cseh, the local favorite, edged out Austrian Markus Rogan by three-tenths of a second to win the gold with a championship-setting time of 1:57.73 minutes.

Among Israel's team, only Guy Barnea advanced to the finals, placing fifth in the men's 50-meter backstroke semifinal. In the semis of that event, Jonatan Kopelev placed 13th.

On the women's side, Amit Ivry missed out on her bid for a final, placing 13th place in the semifinals of the 200-meter medley. Anna Volchkov finished 40th in the 100-meter backstroke heats.

In Thursday's events, Ivry will be in the 100-meter butterfly, Anastasia Korotkov is slated for the 200-meter breaststroke, and Barnea will represent the Israeli men in the 50-meter backstroke final in the evening.