London 2012 / Israeli delegation / Bad day for medal contenders
Gymnast Alex Shatilov finishes 6th, windsurfer Korzits clings to second place after finishing 9th and 10th and synchronized swimming duo rank 17th after first appearance in technical routine.
Sunday was not the best day for Israeli Olympians. While Alex Shatilov could only manage sixth place in his floor exercise final, Lee Korzits - who was hoping to secure a medal, and maybe even close in on her Spanish rival for the gold - found herself in a very delicate position before Tuesday's medal race. In synchronized swimming, Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe are ranked 17th after Sunday's appearance in the technical routine.
The weak winds of Weymouth worked against Korzits, as did the fog. The Israeli RS:X world champion ended the day clinging to her second-overall place, after finishing 9th and 11th. She will have to defeat her Spanish friend and rival, Marina Albau, by seven places in the medal race to gain the gold. At the same time, four other surfers have a realistic chance of banishing the Israeli from the podium.
But Korzits refused to be part of the gloom and doom after Sunday's races: "I'm not disappointed," she said. "The conditions were difficult and I realized about 80 percent of my ability, so I'm even pleased with that. Entering the medal race from second place is an experience to cherish."
Earlier in the afternoon, Alex Shatilov finished sixth in the artistic gymnastics floor exercise with a score of 15.333. "I blame only myself," Shatilov said afterward. "I didn't expect more with the mistakes I made."
While Israelis had high hopes for Shatilov, the gymnast looked visibly disappointed after going through his exercise, which was not one of the more challenging ones of the competition. While he did not give a medal-winning performance, the judges seemed to be hard on the mistakes he made.
"I'm very disappointed," added Shatilov. "I made a mistake in the middle which was enough to bring me down to sixth. I gambled with difficult exercise, but the second half went less well for me. I have no complaints about the judges."
For their part, Glushkov and Yoffe return to the pool on Monday for the free routine. However, their score of 83.400 Sunday will make it difficult to put them in contention for a medal.