Israel’s Cohen Groumi Joins Frankel In 100 Fly OLY Qualification


  • Friday, June 25th – Sunday, June 27th
  • Swimming Stadium of the Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Olympic Qualifying Competition
  • Start Lists
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results 

Day 1 of the 2021 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy brought the heat, with Italian records biting the dust in both the men’s and women’s 100m breaststroke.

But the men’s 100m fly was another explosive event, with the top 8 finishers all dipping under the 52-second threshold to keep the race close among the minor medals.

Taking the title in meet record fashion was Hungary’s Kristof Milak, the reigning 200m fly world record holder. Milak got the wall first in 50.89 while Swiss ace Noe Ponti was next up in 51.59 for silver.

Rounding out the top 3 in a new personal best was former Canadian national teamer Santo Condorelli, checking in 51.62.

Further down the line, however, was Gal Cohen Groumi of Israel. Groumi tied Italy’s Matteo Rivolta as the 7th place finishers across all timed finals, with both hitting a result of 51.93.

For Groumi, the performance marked the first time the Israeli had ever been under the 52-second threshold in this men’s 1fly event.

Splitting 24.40/27.53, Groumi’s time here not only surpassed the 52.05 he logged at the Israeli Olympic Trials that just concluded but it also dipped under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 51.96 needed to qualify for Tokyo.

Although many nations’ Olympic rosters are already set, Israel is among the nations who have identified this Sette Colli Trophy as a last-chance qualifier for the Games.

As such, Groumi has indeed qualified for the Olympics with his 51.93 PB, joining already-qualified Tomer Frankel in representing in Israel in the event in Tokyo.

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Go blue
10 months ago

Go Blue

10 months ago

He would have been selected in the 4X200 anyway but way to step up to get an individual swim!
A Michigan commit, they must like those “last chances” lol
Go blue!

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