Swimming / National 4X200-m Record Falls, but Qualification Eludes Livnat

Israel's 4x200 meter freestyle team set a national record yesterday ahead of today's finale that will feature 10 Israeli competitors. The quartet of Nimrod Shapira Bar Or, Shai Livnat, Gal Nevo and Max Jaben completed the course with a time of 7:20.87, shaving 19 seconds off the previous mark set at the 13th Maccabiah Games in 1989. However, the performance only fetched the team 10th place, not enough for Livnat to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

Elsewhere, Micky Malul faded in the 50-meter breaststroke, finishing eighth in the final with a time of 28.48 seconds, 1.05 ticks behind gold medal winner Oleg Lisogor of Ukraine. At least he made the final. In contrast, Anya Gostomelsky - who has already qualified for Beijing - finished 22nd in the 50-meter freestyle heats. Yulia Benech faired even worse, placing 27th in the 50-meter breaststroke but ahead of 34th-place Amit Ivri and 35th-place Anastasia Korotkov.

Today, Nevo will compete with Meir Hatzbani in the 400-meter freestyle and then take part in the mixed 4x100-meter relay. Gostomelsky, Ivri, Benech and Korotkov will compete for the women, while Guy Barnea, Tom Beeri, Alon Mandel and Shapira Bar On will appear for the men.