The 'Post's' first week Olympic report card

It's time to grade the performances of the Israelis at the Games so far.

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With the first week of the Beijing Olympics drawing to a close, it's time to grade the performances of the Israelis at the Games so far with The Jerusalem Post's Olympic report card. A+ Shahar Tzuberi - The windsurfer enters the weekend with a small margin at the top of the Neil Pryde competition after winning twice and finishing third twice in the four races so far. Currently he is by far Israel's best hope of claiming a medal for a fifth consecutive Games. Alon Mandel - You can disagree with his decision to remain at the Olympics despite his father's death last week, but you can't but admire his courageous efforts in the Beijing pool. The 20-year-old broke the Israeli record in both his swims and his performances in Beijing will never be forgotten. A Gal Yekutiel - One more victory and the judoka would have had a '+' next to his grade and an Olympic medal around his neck, but the defeat in the bronze medal fight to Ruben Houkes doesn't erase what was an otherwise superb display. Alex Shatilov - The 21-year-old will be the first Israeli to compete in an individual artistic gymnastics Olympic final on Sunday after finishing in the top eight of the preliminaries. Gal Nevo - Broke the Israeli record in both the 200m and 400m Individual Medley and finished in 13th and 11th place respectively, the highest finishes for an Israeli in the Beijing pool. B Guy Barnea - Reached the semifinal in the 100m backstroke, breaking his Israeli record, and finished 16th overall. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - Despite only being added to the delegation the week before the Games, smashed the Israeli record in both the 100m and 200m freestyle, finishing 15th in the 200m. Tom Be'eri - Didn't advance to a semifinal, but significantly improved the national records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke heats. Nike Kornicki and Vered Buskila - The 470 Class sailors have got off to a good start and are fourth after six races. C Anya Gostomelsky - Set a new Israeli record in the 100m backstroke, but came nowhere near reaching the last 16 in any of her events. Shahar Pe'er - Claimed Israel's only win in the tennis events and lost to the superior Vera Zvonareva in the second round. Tzipi Obziler - Was added to the singles tournament at the last moment after the withdrawal of Ana Ivanovic and almost reached the second round. In the doubles the expectations from her and Pe'er were never high, so their first round loss is not really a disappointment. Nofar Edelman - The Laser Radial sailor is in 13th place overall after three races. Ma'ayan Davidovich - Four races into the event the young windsurfer is in 13th position. D Noam Mills - Lost in her first fight, but the Beijing Games were always more about the experience in this fencer's case. Alice Shlesinger - Like Mills, young judoka Shlesinger was also in Beijing first and foremost to gain experience and her two losses shouldn't be treated like the end of the world. E Delila Hatuel - Should have never come to Beijing with the injury she had and was deservedly dumped out in the first round of the fencing foil competition. Doron Egozi - Finished 41st out of 51 in the 10 meter air rifle competition. Itai Chama - The only swimmer to fail to break a national record. F Tomer Or - Had a comfortable late lead in the first round of the men's foil contest and completely collapsed to be knocked out. Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger - Israel's best medal hope ahead of the Game have completely lost their way in the 470 competition, failing to break into the top-10 in any of the races and are currently in 16th overall. Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich - Doubles tennis is known to spring surprises, but a first round loss is still completely unacceptable. Arik Ze'evi - His talk of claiming the gold ahead of the Games seems like crazy talk after his shocking performance on Thursday.