Israeli javelin thrower Margaryta Dorozhon.
(photo credit: TIBOR JAGER)
Israeli javelin thrower Marharyta Dorozhon is in serious danger of missing out on the Rio Olympics after intentionally fouling in all three of her attempts at the European Championships in Amsterdam on Thursday as they were well short of the result she is chasing.
Dorozhon set the IAAF Qualifying Standard for Rio last year, but according to the regulations laid out by the Olympic Committee of Israel she is required to register a throw of over 60 meters in 2016 in order to secure her place in the Olympics. She has until July 18 to do so.
Dorozhon was competing in her first event of the year on Thursday after being sidelined with a groin injury and looked far from fit, grimacing with pain each time she released the javelin.
All three of her attempts didn’t even reach the 45-meter mark, although none were officially measured as she fouled intentionally.
There was further disappointment for the Israel delegation on Thursday when Donald Sanford, who claimed a bronze medal at the Europeans in Zurich in 2014, failed to reach the 400m final.
He finished in third place in Heat 3 in a time of 45.90 seconds, almost a second slower than his personal best.
Israel’s other main medal hopeful, triple jumper Hanna Knyazyeva- Minenko, begins her participation in the qualifiers on Friday.