Fencing: Tomer Or knocked out of foil competition

29-year-old collapses after leading 10-6 against Canadian Joshua McGuire; Noam Mills loses to Laura Flessel Colovic.

By
August 13, 2008 18:57
1 minute read.
Fencing: Tomer Or knocked out of foil competition

Tomer Or 224.88. (photo credit: Asaf Shalev )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A late collapse by Tomer Or on Wednesday epitomized the Beijing Olympics for Israel's three fencers. The 29-year-old led 10-6 against Canadian Joshua McGuire with just 46 seconds remaining in his first round encounter, but lost four consecutive points and was knocked out of the foil competition in extra-time. "I've failed," a smiling Or admitted. "I lost a fight I should have won and that's very disappointing. I have a tendency to drop big leads. I tried to work on this ahead of the Games, but it obviously didn't help and I've only got myself to blame." Two hours later, the 22-year-old Noam Mills faced three-time Olympic medalist, Laura Flessel Colovic, in the women's Epee contest, and suffered an expected 15-8 defeat. "I'm bitterly disappointed," said a tearful Mills, despite the fact she was fighting a superior opponent. "I expected to at least advance past the first round." Her coach Ohad Balva said, "Noam got off to a very good start, but as soon as you fall behind against the Frenchwoman you're in trouble." Despite the early exit, Balva believes Mills has still got a bright future ahead of her. "Mills can win a medal in London 2012. I said it two years ago when nobody even thought she'd make the Olympics. I'm saying it again now after she got thrashed and I'll remind everyone I said it after she thrashes opponents in London." Wednesday's defeats together with Delila Hatuel's first round loss on Monday complete a very poor Olympic showing by Israel's fencers. "It's very disappointing that all three fencers lost in the first round," Mills said. "The fact we sent three representatives to the Games was, however, a success in itself and I hope we can do better in future Olympics."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI

Cookie Settings