Swimming / European Championships / Nevo Just Misses Out on Medley Medal

Ivri sets Israeli mark in women's medley, Kopelev and Barnea excel in 50m semis.

Gal Nevo fell just 0.35 seconds short of a medal, swimming the men's 200-meter medley yesterday at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.

Chasing the likes of Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, Britain's James Goddard and Austria's Markus Rogan, Nevo took fourth in 1:59.74 minutes. He trailed badly in the butterfly but started catching up on the breaststroke and came on strong but just a little short in the free-style break for the finish. Cseh, the favorite, won.

Amit Ivri had a successful day, qualifying for the women's individual medley with a time of 2:13.77 minutes in her semifinal, good enough for a top three finish. Her time also set the Israeli record, beating the one she set earlier in the day in the heats at 2:14.69. However, to guarantee her spot in the event at the Olympics, she will have to pare down her time to 2:11.76. "The record is important, and it shows me I'm in the right direction," Ivri said yesterday.

Jonatan Kopelev and Guy Barnea, competing in the first of the men's 50-meter backstroke semifinals, finished 1-2 with times of 24.98 and 25.29 seconds, respectively.

In the men's 200-meter butterfly, both Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Tom Kremer failed to make the finals, Bar Or finishing 11th in 1:59.09 minutes and Kremer ending in 14th after completing the event in 1:59.51.

In the men's 200-meter breaststroke heats, Imri Ganiel finished 23rd in 2:15.76 minutes. Jowan Qupty, hoping to become Israel's first Arab Olympian, finished 25th with a time of 2:16.72. Tal Hanani was 36th at 2:23.73.