Israeli Swimmer Wins Gold in Abu Dhabi World Championship, Breaks National Record

Setting a new time record and first gold for Israel in the competition in Abu Dhabi, Anastasia Gorbenko continues making a splash

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Anastasia Gorbenko celebrates her victory in Abu Dhabi today.
Anastasia Gorbenko celebrates her victory in Abu Dhabi today.Credit: Simona Castervilleri, courtesy of the Swimming Association

Anastasia Gorbenko won on Friday gold in the 50-meter short-court breast stroke event in the world swimming championship in Abu Dhabi, becoming the first Israeli athlete to do so, while also setting a new Israeli record of 29.34 seconds.

What's more, the 50-meter breaststroke was not at all considered one of Gorbenko's many strong suits, after qualifying for the final from sixth place.

She is still set to compete in several other events on Saturday.

In May, Gorbenko won the country's first ever gold medal at an Olympic swimming event at the European Aquatics Championship held in Budapest. She set a new Israeli record of 2:09:99 minutes in the 200-meter individual medley final.

The current competition run by FINA, not considered an Olympic event, administers international competitions in water sports, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Last summer, Gorbenko became the big star of the Israeli swimming delegation, finishing in eighth place in the Olympic 100-meter backstroke final, and also swimming with the men's and women's mixed 100x4 mixed relay team.

Gorbenko is also the European champion in long-course races, when she won gold last year in the 200-meter individual medley.

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