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2012 London Olympics: Gal Nevo Advances To 200IM Semifinals

Former Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meter individual relay race in the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday.

The 200 IM, considered the decathlon of the swimming, combines the freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly into a grueling race that tests its competitors.

Nevo, who is representing Israel, will be competing against Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps as swimmer's two marquee stars wrap up their long-standing rivalry in their final Olympic games.

Nevo's time of 1:59.56 barely made the cut as the 14th out of 16th. To make the finals, he'll need to finish among the top 8 in one of the two semifinal heats. He just missed the cut in the even more grueling 400 IM, falling short by 1.44 seconds, while he did not qualify out of the starting heats in the 200 butterfly.

The 200 IM semifinals will take place at 1:45 PM Eastern, but they won't be televised in the US until NBC's prime-time block on Wednesday night.

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