Maayan Davidovich was awarded a silver medal in the windsurfing medal round in Portugal on Thursday - although the race was canceled.
Davidovich spent hours on the beach in Madeira, as weak winds continually caused a delay in the race, but the wait was well worth it, even if the result was somewhat unconventional.
"I'm very happy about the achievement," Davidovich said on Thursday. "There was a lot of tension. I only had something to lose, and I'm glad that in the end they did not hold the race, although I believe I would have kept my place even if I had to enter the water."
The news was bleaker for Nimroad Mashiah. The canceled medal race denied him a chance to move up from fourth place to claim a medal.
Davidovich, who will receive a NIS 35,000 prize from the Olympic Committee of Israel for getting her first medal in an international competition, was too far behind Marina Alabau of Spain, the race leader, to win gold.
Gur Steinberg, who is in charge of running the Israeli team's Olympic preparations, said Davidovich deserved credit for her effort but noted that the result did not count in the points race for a ticket to London.
That competition between Davidovich and the injured Lee Korzits, who sat out Madeira, will resume at the end of the month at the World Championships in Cadiz, Spain, and will end with the World Cup race in the Netherlands.
Korzits enjoys a comfortable lead.
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