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Swiss left treading water at swimming championships

Close, but no semi-final for Yves Platel in the 200-metre medley event

(Keystone)

The fourth day of the world swimming championships in Fukuoka, Japan, was nothing to rejoice about for the Swiss team. Lorenz Liechti and Yves Platel, the only starters on Wednesday, failed to progress beyond their preliminary heats despite strong personal performances.

In the 100-metre butterfly event, Liechti finished 39th, a second and a half off the national record. However, he did manage to record a personal best during the race, finishing in 56.47 seconds.

Platel just failed to qualify for the semis of the 200-metre medley, finishing 18th on the day. His time of two minutes 5.11 seconds left him 85 hundredths of second off his national record.

The other Swiss swimmer who was expected to swim on Wednesday, Ivana Gabrilo, did not take part in the women's 200-metre backstroke event. Illness prevented her from reaching the starting blocks.

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