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Defying own forecast, Israel’s Matan Roditi finishes 4th in 10 km Olympic swim

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Matan Roditi gave the Israeli Olympic team its latest surprise performance in Tokyo, finishing fourth in the ten kilometer swimming competition at Tokyo Bay on Thursday morning.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment. It’s hard to digest,” Roditi told the Ynet news site, after crossing the finish line in 1:49:24 — just 23.8 seconds shy of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri who won the bronze.

Roditi said he had set his sights on placing in the top eight and that his teammates were only hoping he’d finish among the first half of the 26 swimmers.

Florian Wellbrock of Germany won the gold, pulling away on the sixth and final lap to win by 25.3 seconds — the largest margin of victory in the history of Olympic marathon swimming, which was added to the program at the 2008 Beijing Games. Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky won the silver medal, finishing the race in 1:48.59.

Roditi put together a strong performance throughout, maintaining just a small gap from the competition’s leaders and establishing himself within the top five on the last lap at the Odaiba Marine Park harbor.

“I knew there would be surprises because I’ve been feeling great these last few days,” the 22-year-old told Ynet.

“My plan was to get into the top ten early on and improve........

© The Times of Israel

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