rhythmic gymnastics team 370.
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For a second straight Olympics, Israel’s only representation in a team-event will be in the rhythmic gymnastics.
Making the achievement all the more impressive is the fact that all six members of the current team were not part of the side which finished in sixth place in Beijing in 2008.
Polina Zakaluzny, Eliora Zholkovsky, Viktoriya Koshel, Noa Palatchy, Moran Buzovski and Marina Shults, aged 18 to 21, booked their place in London after qualifying for the final of the International Gymnastics Test event for the London Olympics from third position before going on take a silver medal in the final, recording an overall result of 50.525.
A remarkable performance at the 2010 World Championships saw the team finish in fourth place, which explains why the girls were frustrated at only ending last year’s Worlds in 10th position.
Only the top eight teams will qualify for the Olympic final, with five gymnasts to perform with five balls for the first routine before using three ribbons and two hoops in the second routine.
Despite doing so well at the 2010 Worlds, the rhythmic gymnastics team has no realistic chance of breaking into the top three in London.
A repeat of the sixth place finish from four years ago will be a resounding success.