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Israel’s Gorbenko advances to Olympic semifinals

Israel's Anastasia Gorbenko competes to win the women's 200 meters individual medley finals at the European Aquatics Championships in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Israel's Anastasia Gorbenko competes to win the women's 200 meters individual medley finals at the European Aquatics Championships in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Israeli Olympic swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko advances to the semifinals after placing fourth in the women’s 200 meter individual medley.

She completes the race in 2:10:21, after the UK, Switzerland and Canada.

Earlier, Gorbenko made history and set a national record in the 100-meter backstroke, on her way to clinching a chance to compete for an Olympic medal in the event. Gorbenko, 17, raced in with a time of 59.30 seconds, enough to clinch fourth place in her heat, and eighth place among all 16 swimmers competing in the event, good enough to put her in Tuesday’s final in an event that isn’t even her strongest.

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