Israel's Alexei Bychenko competes in Sochi Olympics
Israel's Alexei Bychenko competes in Sochi Olympics Photo by Reuters
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Israeli Olympic figure skater Alexei Bychenko qualified for the men's finals after his performance on Thursday.

Bychenko, ranked 22 out of a total of 24 male contestants, scored 62.44 points during his short program.

The finals will take place Friday.

Earlier this week, Israeli skating duo Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich qualified for the figure skating finals.

On Monday, Israeli short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter semifinals by less than a second.

Israeli brother and sister figure skating duo Roman and Alexandra Zaretsk placed 10th in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.