Israeli Shooter Misses His Mark, Finishes Olympic Run

Israeli tennis duo AndYoni also bowed out on Thursday; swimmer Yakov Toumarkin finishes in 7th place to become most successful Israeli Olympic swimmer.

Israeli shooter Sergey Richter finished 44th out of 50 competitors in the 50m rifle prone event at the London Olympic Games on Friday.

Richter got off to an ominous start, missing one of his first ten shots. After missing three in his first 100, he proceeded to miss twice in each of his final five rounds to end up with a score of 587. Richter, who barely missed the finals in the 10m air rifle event, is now finished for this Olympiad.

On Thursday, a day after their stunning defeat of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Israeli tennis duo of Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich ran into the American juggernaut known as the Bryan twins at the Olympic Games on Thursday afternoon.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the number-one pair in the world, advanced to the men’s doubles semifinals with a hard fought defeat of the Israelis 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10). Neither side managed a service break the entire match.

Ram and Erlich - known affectionately in Israel as AndYoni - did not go down until the Americans’ fourth match point of the second set, when Erlich double-faulted.

Also on Thursday, Israeli swimmer Yakov Toumarkin finished seventh in the 200-meter backstroke Olympic finals on Thursday night in London, with a time of 1:57.62 minutes.

The heat was won by American Tyler Clary with an Olympic record time of 1:53.41minutes.

Toumarkin is Israel's second swimmer to ever compete in an Olympic final. The first was Eitan Orbach, who finished eighth in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

By finishing seventh, Toumarkin, 20, can lay claim to the most successful Israeli swimmer in Olympic history.