Israeli Windsurfer Maayan Davidovich Fails to Fulfill Medal Hopes at Rio Olympics

Davidovich comes in ninth in the final race, taking 24 minutes and 46 seconds to complete her sail in the final round of competition. Her overall ranking was seventh, including in preliminary rounds.

Israel's competitor in the Women's RS:X class Maayan Davidovich sails during a training session in Rio de Janerio, on August 7, 2016.
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Windsurfer Maayan Davidovich failed to fulfill medal hopes for Israel on Sunday at the Rio Olympics, coming in ninth place in the final competition, and ranked seventh overall.

Lilian De Geus of the Netherlands came in first, completing the requisite laps around the buoys in 21 minutes and 28 seconds. Charline Picon of France came in second, and China's Chen Peina came in third.

Davidovich's timing was 24 minutes and 46 seconds.

Herzliya-born Davidovich, 28, is coached by Israel's first Olympic gold medal winner, Gal Fridman, who took home the prize at the 2004 contest held in Athens.

Davidovich came in 5th and twice in 2nd place in her three qualifier rounds ahead of Sunday's sail. She came in 10th in the Bejing Olympics in 2008, and was ranked 14th in the world in 2014.

Two Israelis won bronze medals in judo last week, Yarden Gerbi, won in the women's 63 kilograms class and Or Sasson in the men's 100 plus kilograms class.

Israel hadn't won a medal since the 2008 Beijing games, when Shahar Tzuberi won a bronze for the men's surfboard. Tzuberi has failed to qualify for the finals in Rio.

Triple jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko, who has qualified for Monday's finals, is also in a position to win a medal for Israel.

Knyazyeva-Minenko, 27, placed fourth in the 2012 London Olympic Games, when she represented Ukraine.

She became an Israeli citizen in 2013, and relocated to the country after marrying a former Israeli decathlon champion. She took the silver medal in the women's triple jumps at the World Championships in Beijing last year.