Shahar Peer loses to Russia's Maria Sharapova, marking end to Israel's disappointing day at the Olympics
Tennis player joins five fellow Israeli athletes who ended their Olympic bid on day two of London 2012.
Tennis player Shahar Peer suffered a crippling defeat against Russia's Maria Sharapova on Sunday afternoon, bringing an end to an already disappointing day two for the Israeli team in London.
After five Israeli athletes already ended their Olympic bids that day, Peer lost to Sharapova 6-2, 6-0 on the center court, in a 65-minute match.
Earlier on Sunday, 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.