irina risenzon 224 88.
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The Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions get underway in Beijing on Thursday, with Israel very well represented in both the individual and group events.
The qualification round in both events will continue on Friday at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, with the top-10 from the individual and top eight from the group advancing to the finals to be held on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Irina Risenzon and Neta Rivkin will represent Israel in the individual qualifiers, with Risenzon looking to make the final after finishing last year's World Championships in seventh position.
At 17, Rivkin is in Beijing mainly to gain experience for the future and is not expected to break the top-10.
In the group event, Katerina Pisetsky, Alona Dvornichenko, Raheli Vigdorchik, Veronika Vitenberg and Maria Savenkov will be happy with nothing less than a berth in the final after coming sixth at last year's World Championships.
Also Thursday, Bat El Geterer will compete in the under-57 kilogram Taekwondo contest and can claim a medal with just three victories in Beijing, as each Taekwondo Olympic event includes just 16 competitors.
The 20-year-old, will, however, face stiff competition and is not one of the favorites.
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