LONDON – Neta Rivkin, participating in her second Olympic games, finished in 7th
place overall in the Individual All- Around Rhythmic Gymnastics final on
Saturday. In the qualification portion on Thursday, Rivkin had dropped the ball
in her Apparatus Ball routine and seemed to have very little chance to make the
However, a strong performance in the clubs and ribbon on Friday
catapulted Rivkin into the medal hunt on Saturday.
Rivkin performed well
again in the clubs routine finishing overall in 3rd place in that discipline
with a score of 27.800, but took 9th place in the ball with 26.850, ribbon with
27.000 and hoop with 27.350 segments and finished with an all-around score of
Israel’s Rivkin booked her place at this summer’s Olympics last
September, ending the All-Around competition at the World Championships in
Montpellier, France in 10th position, comfortably achieving the Olympic
Committee of Israel’s criteria after recording a result of 107.925
“I believed in Rivkin and I promised that we would make two
finals in London and we did it,” said Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics coach Ela
Today, Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team will take part in the
group final after ending qualification in seventh place overall on Friday with a
score of 53.100.
Polina Zakaluzny, Viktoriya Koshel, Noa Palatchy, Moran
Buzovski, Eliora Zholkovski and Marina Shults performed their three ribbons and
two hoops routine to perfection on Friday and comfortably booked their place
among the eight finalists.
All six members of the current team were not
part of the side which finished in sixth place at the Beijing Games, but will be
aiming to repeat their predecessors’ achievement on Sunday.
Also in the
final day of the Olympics on Sunday, Zohar Zemiro takes part in the men’s
Zemiro seemed all but certain to miss out on the London
Olympics after failing a drugs test.
However, the 35-year-old was given a
huge let off in June when the Anti-Doping Committee of Israel court settled for
a one month suspension and a reprimand after accepting Zemiro’s explanation that
he tested positive for Terbutaline due to his use of an asthma inhaler.