Finishing 7Th, Toumarkin Becomes Israel's Most Successful Olympic Swimmer

Israeli swimmer Yakov Toumarkin arrives 7th in the 200-meter backstroke Olympic finals.

Israeli swimmer Yakov Toumarkin finished seventh in the 200-meter backstroke Olympic finals on Thursday night in London, with a time of 1:57.62 minutes.

The heat was won by American Tyler Clary with an Olympic record time of 1:53.41minutes.

Toumarkin is Israel's second swimmer to ever compete in an Olympic final. The first was Eitan Orbach, who finished eighth in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

By finishing seventh, Toumarkin, 20, can lay claim to the most successful Israeli swimmer in Olympic history.

Earlier on Thursday, a day after their stunning defeat of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Israeli tennis duo of Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich lost to American juggernaut the Byran twins in the Olympic semifinals.

Yakov Toumarkin.