Over 800 athletes from 148 countries are participating in the competition, which is taking place at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex. The state of the art facility was built especially for the event, costing $100 million.
Save for the ISR mishap, the opening ceremony was an impressive production which included an audio-visual show and musicians hovering in midair.
Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea, who took the bronze in the European Championships, finished 14th in the 100m backstroke semifinals, with a time of 51.92 seconds. Barnea, who holds the Israeli record, swam the event in 51.70 seconds during the preliminaries. His teammate, Jonathan Koplev, made the 26th place in the same race with 52.98 seconds. His main event is the 50m, and he will try to make the finals in that category.
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