Aug. 1, 2012
LONDON, England – Finishing his second career appearance in the Summer Olympic Games, former Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo ’10 claimed a 10th-place finish Wednesday afternoon in the 200m IM at the Aquatic Centre in London, England.
Nevo finished fourth in Heat 1 of the 200 IM semifinals, which will air tape-delayed tonight during NBC’s prime time Olympics coverage. His time of 1:59.17, was just 0.68 seconds shy of a spot in Thursday’s 200m IM finals.
Representing his native country of Israel, Nevo was clocked in 1:59.56 earlier Wednesday morning, to earn him a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals. The 200m IM semifinals also featured USA’s Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
Georgia Tech has three more athletes still active in London, with Nigerian men’s basketball player Alade Aminu (Nigeria plays USA tomorrow), and track & field athletes Angelo Taylor and Chaunte Howard Lowe.
The 200m IM was the third and final event on Nevo’s Olympics schedule. He claimed a 10th-place finish in the 400m IM, putting down a time of 4:14.77, but missing qualification to the finals by 1.44 seconds. In the 200m fly, Nevo won his heat, but his time of 1:59.88 did not advance him to the semifinals.
Nevo was joined in London by current Georgia Tech swimmer Andrew Chetcuti. The rising sophomore was representing his native country of Malta, and swam the 100m free. Chetcuti posted a time of 51.67, which placed him 39th overall in the field of 56 swimmers. He was third in his heat, but did not advance to the semifinals.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nevo advanced to the semifinals of the 200m IM and placed 13th with a time of 2:00.43. In the 400m IM, he clocked in at 4:14.03, which was good for 11th overall.