Gal Nevo Qualifies for 400-meter Medley Finals in Doha

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Gal Nevo of Israel competes at men's 100m breaststroke heats during the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul, 2012.Credit: Reuters

Israeli swimmer Gal Nevo on Thursday made it into the finals of the 400-meter individual medley at the world short course swimming championships in Doha, Qatar.

Nevo, 27, clocked in at 4:06:56 in the qualifying round, finishing in seventh place. There are no semifinals in this competition, and the final round will take place Thursday evening.

This marks the Israeli team's first major achievement in Qatar. "I feel pretty good," said Nevo. "The race went smoothly, more or less as I had anticipated. I'm really happy about making it to the third consecutive final at the world championships. That was my main goal."

Swimmer Amit Ivry on Thursday made it to the qualifying round of the 100-meter individual medley, with a time of 58.77 seconds, just ten hundredths less than her national record. She will compete in the semifinals Thursday evening.

David Gamburg, who finished in 11th place in Wednesday in the 100-meter backstroke, tried his luck at the 50-meter freestyle. His time – 22.03 – placed him 33rd in the qualifying round.