Israeli 15-year Old Swimmer Wins Gold in Youth Olympic Games

Competing against girls 2-3 years older than her, Anastasia Gorbenko also broke a 6-year Israeli record in the 200-meter individual medley

Itamar Katzir
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Anastasia Gorbenko (left) with her coach Ehud Segal and the gold medal
Anastasia Gorbenko with her coach Ehud Segal and the gold medalCredit: Courtesy of the Israel Olympic Committee
Itamar Katzir

Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko, barely 15, broke a six-year Israeli record and won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games on Sunday, finishing the 200-meters individual medley race in 2:12.88 minutes.

Despite being two to three years younger than the other swimmers in the Youth games, Gorbenko ascended to the finals after achieving top seed in the preliminary contest, finishing the race in 2:14.74 minutes.

At the finals, she beat Serbia's Anja Crevar by more than a second.

The previous Israeli Record, as reported by Swimswam, was 2:13.29 minutes, achieved by Amit Ivry in the 2012 London Olympics. Ivry still holds Israeli Records in the 100 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 breast, the site reports, also noting that Gorbenko herself has several races before her, including 200-meter backstroke, 200m breaststroke, and 100m freestyle.

Anastasia Gorbenko of Israel dives on her way to winning gold in the Swimming Women's 200m Individual Medley during the Youth Olympic Summer Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Credit: Simon Bruty,AP