At just 15 years old, Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko has claimed Gold at the Youth Olympic Games in the women’s 200 IM.

Anastasia Gorbenko with her coach Ehud Segal and the gold medal. Courtesy of the Israel Olympic Committee.
Anastasia Gorbenko with her coach Ehud Segal and the gold medal. Courtesy of the Israel Olympic Committee.

Anastasia took first place in the preliminaries with a time of 2: 14.74. She then took Gold in the finals with a 2:12.88. She split the race quickly all the way through, going 29.31, 34.12, 38.06, and 31.39 respectively. 

The only split of hers that was slower in finals than it was in prelims was breast, where she split 37.98 in prelims. That time marks the 6th fastest 200 IM by an 18 & under in the 2018 calendar year, and is the youngest swimmer in that top 6.

The Israeli Record stood at 2:13.29, which was set by Amit Ivry in the 2012 London Olympics. Ivry still holds Israeli Records in the 100 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 breast.