Israel’s swimmers set two new national records in the first day of action at the world championships on Sunday, but failed to progress past the morning heats in Kazan, Russia.
Ido Haber clocked a time of 3:52.08 minutes in the men’s 400 meters qualifiers, improving his previous Israeli record by 26 hundredths of a second. However, his time was only good enough for 36th place overall, almost five seconds slower than the eighth and final qualifier for the final.
Israel’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of Liran Konovalov, Yakov Toumarkin, Ziv Kalontarov and David Gamburg improved the previous national record by 12 hundredths of a second. But their time of 3:18.31m was only the 17th fastest overall, meaning they missed out on a place in the final and on an Olympic berth handed to the top 12 teams.