11 Israeli athletes to compete in Olympics' 2nd day

Athletes to compete in tennis, swimming, judo and gymnastics as the London 2012 Olympic games continue.

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July 29, 2012 10:22
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The Israeli delegation at the 2012 London Olympics

The Israeli delegation at the 2012 London Olympics 370 (R). (photo credit: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters)

 
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Eleven Israeli athletes are set to compete in Olympic games on Sunday.

In tennis, Shahar Pe’er will face a tough first-round encounter against world No. 3 Maria Sharapova. Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich, who played Spain’s Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers in the first round of the doubles event Saturday evening, will progress to the second round.

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Badminton player Misha Zilberman, who lost his first round on Saturday, will compete with Singapoiran Derek Wong.

In Judo, Golan Pollack has good chances against David Larose of France in the first round of the men’s under-66 kg event.

Ukranian-born Valeria Maksyuta will represent Israel in the early round of gymnastics, and five Israeli swimmers will take part in various swimming events: Amit Ivri, Imri Ganiel, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Yakov Toumarkin and Yonatan Koplav.

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Israeli athletes bowed out of Olympic competition early on Saturday, but not before Judoka Tommy Arshansky impressed by advancing further than expected in his Olympics debut.



In the first competition featuring an Israeli athlete, swimmer Gal Nevo finished a disappointing tenth in the Olympic men's swimming 400m individual medley with a time of 4:14.77, failing to qualify for the next round. Nevo placed behind Kosuke Hagino (Japan) and Thiago Pereira (Brazil) in Heat 3.

Alon Sinai contributed to this report.

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