Disappointing day for Israelis at London 2012, as 5 athletes end Olympic bid
Judoka Golan Pollack, badminton player Misha Zilberman, and swimmers Yakov Toumarkin and swimmer Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or are all eliminated on second day since opening ceremony; women’s artistic gymnast Valeriia Maksiuta ranks last.
Sunday was a disappointing day for Israeli athletes in London, as five competitors ended their Olympic bid on the second day since the games' opening ceremony.
On Sunday morning, judoka Golan Pollack was defeated 1-0 by David Larose of France in the 66 kilogram category, ending his Olympic bid in the Round of 64.
Following Pollack's loss, fellow Israeli judoka Arik Zeevi Tweeted on his teammate's loss: "The second day of the judo tournament started half an hour ago with Golan Pollack's fight. He, I'm sorry to say, lost to the Frenchman and was eliminated from the tournament. It's a little hard to digest the fact that you can start a competition at 9:30 and finish it at 9:35, and that's all. The Olympics are over for Golan. Bummer. Let's hope my day of competition will be longer."
A couple of hours later, swimmer Yakov Toumarkin swam his 100-meter backstroke heat in 54.91 seconds, finishing sixth in his heat and failing to make the Top 16 for the semifinals.
Over on the badminton court, Misha Zilberman lost his second Group I match 21-9, 21-15, this time to Singapore’s Derek Wong, and was eliminated from the competition.
Further adding to Israel's disappointment, swimmer Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or finished his 200-meter freestyle heat in 1:48.60 minutes. He finished 21st in the heats and will not make the semifinals.
Women’s artistic gymnast Valeriia Maksiuta had a very painful and disappointing outing. After falling once from the vault, for which she averaged 13.3 for her two attempts, and the uneven bars (9.433), she received low scores in the beam (10.533) and the floor (12.933). She is dead last (31st) in the overall individual rankings after the first preliminary round.
The last Israeli to compete on Sunday is tennis player Shahar Peer, who will meet Maria Sharapova of Russia in the third match of the day on the center court.