The big moment in Matan Roditi’s sports career almost became tonight (Wednesday to Thursday) the most sensational medal in the history of Israeli sports. The amazing 22-year-old swimmer in the 10 km open water ointment, the marathon of the swimming industry, when in Israel’s debut in this profession on the biggest stage of all, was a touch away from a medal and finished in fourth place. This is of course the best achievement of any Israeli swimmer in games The Olympics, and contrary to all predictions.
“A crazy achievement, very difficult to digest,” he said Roditi After the amazing ointment. “Happiness is crazy, I’m insanely happy. My plan was to start in the top ten, get to the feet of one of the first and improve positions. It’s a crazy achievement for swimming in general, for swimming in open water in particular. I’m glad I came in Money Time, it’s most important. So at the Olympics. “
26 contestants took part in the ointment, with Roditi, who finished fifth at the 2019 European Championships and 20th at the previous World Championships, hoping to make it to the top – among the top 13.
He did not improve on his personal best of 1: 48: 59.6 hours in the grueling ointment, but it was canceled in the sixties in light of the fantastic achievement. After being in the pursuit group (in the first kilometer he was still rated 14), the Israeli gradually managed to join the leading stick and towards the end he was already in the top three, until he stopped the fourth clock in a time of 1: 49: 24.9 hours. Roditi was preceded only by the German Florian Valerub and the winning gold, the Hungarian Krzysztof Rasovski who won the silver medal and the Italian Gregorio Platrinieri who took the bronze with only a 23.8 second advantage over the Israeli from Herzliya.
The record achievement of Israeli swimming to date was Yaakov Tomarkin’s seventh place in the 200m backstroke in London 2012, when in the current Olympics, Anastasia Gurbanko and the mixed messengers were recorded. In both of these cases the end result was eighth place, and now came Roditi who devoured all the cards and almost finished with a historic medal.