Israeli Athlete Makes History With Gold Medal at European Swimming Championship

Anastasia Gorbenko the country's first ever gold medal at an Olympic swimming event, also setting a new Israeli record

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Israel's Anastasia Gorbenko celebrates with her gold medal after winning the women's 200 meters individual medley finals at the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, on Saturday.
Israel's Anastasia Gorbenko celebrates with her gold medal after winning the women's 200 meters individual medley finals at the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, on Saturday.Credit: Petr David Josek/AP

Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko won on Saturday the country's first ever gold medal at an Olympic swimming event at the European Aquatics Championship held in Budapest. 17-year-old Gorbenko came first in the women's 200 meter individual medley final with a time of 2:09.99 minutes, also setting a new Israeli record.

She was followed by the United Kingdom's Abbie Wood, with a time of 2:10.03 minutes, and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who finished third just seven hundredths of a second later.

The Israeli team's coaches were unsure whether Gorbenko should compete in the race before Friday. However, a good score at the 4 X 200 meter freestyle preliminary event put her in a position to make into the Tokyo Olympic Games, leading to the decision to let her compete at the individual medley race.

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