Israel's rhythmic gymnastics teams advanced to both the individual and group finals on Friday with strong performances that moved them up the overall rankings on the second day of the competition at the London Olympics.
The afternoon started with the third and fourth rotations of the individual preliminary. Neta Rivkin finished with a score of 108.900, enough for ninth place. The top ten gymnasts move on to tomorrow’s final.
Rivkin started out the day in 14th place – exactly where she finished four years ago in Beijing. She scored a solid 27.525 in the club apparatus, which moved her up to 11th place.
In the final apparatus, the ribbon, Rivkin was even more impressive, scoring 27.725 despite a minor deduction. As one of the latter performers, she was almost guaranteed a spot at that point but had to wait to make sure there were no surprises among the final performers before she could relax.
Later on, Team Israel made the 11th appearance of 12 teams in the second rotation of the group preliminary at Wembley Arena. Team Israel advanced to the rhythmic gymnastics group final with an exciting performance filled with Jewish music.
The team earned 26.600 in the 3 ribbon and 2 hoop apparatus for an overall score of 53.100, which placed the team sixth with just Spain left to perform.
Since the top eight teams go to the final, Israel was assured of advancing. Spain ended up seventh, leaving Israel to qualify from the seventh position, a point behind Ukraine and a fraction of a point ahead of Japan.