After coming so close to claiming a medal at the Beijing Games, Vered Bouskila had to start from scratch following the retirement of partner Nike Kornecki.

However, four years later she enters another Olympics, and once more has her sights set on a place on the podium, this time with youngster Gil Cohen.

Kornecki and Bouskila finished fourth in China, and although it took time for Bouskila (29) to gel with a new partner nine years her junior, the two have shown promising signs.

Cohen and Bouskila just missed out on a medal in last year’s World Championships, falling two places to fourth overall in the final day, and were unhappy with their 10th place finish at the worlds earlier this year.

Israel’s female 470 Class duo will be expecting at the very least another top-10 finish in London, but with Bouskila’s experience of participating in two previous Olympics, and Cohen’s endless youthful energy, the two have every chance of winning a surprise medal for Israel.

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