By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010
Israel won two bronze medals in the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.
Guy Barnea finished third in the 50 metres backstroke and Gal Nevo took bronze in the 400 meters medley. These were the first medals won by Israeli swimmers since Yoav Gat won bronze in the 200 metres backstroke in 2000.
Barnea’s medal in a time of 25.04 seconds came as a huge surprise. The 22-year-old has performed poorly in recent months and earlier in the week could only reach the semi-finals of the 100 meters backstroke, which is considered his stronger distance.