Israeli Athlete Hanna Knyazyeva Advances to Women's Triple Jump Finals

The Ukraine-born athlete's 14.2 meter achievement puts her in eighth place after the qualifying round at the Rio Olympics.

Hanna Knyazyeva competes in the women's triple jump qualifying round during at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, August 13, 2016.
Antonin Thuillier, AFP

Israeli athlete Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko is set to appear in the triple jump finals after coming in eighth in the qualifying round on Saturday at the Rio Olympic Games.

Knyazyeva-Minenko, who got disqualified in her first two jumps, achieved a result of 14.2 meters (46.6 feet) in her third attempt after being disqualified in her first two attempts.

In the 2012 London Olympic Games, when she represented Ukraine, she was placed fourth in the women’s triple jump. In 2013, Knyazyeva-Minenko became an Israeli citizen and relocated to the country after marrying a former Israeli decathlon champion.

Last year Knyazyeva took the silver medal in the women's triple jumps at the World Championships in Beijing, a first-ever Israeli women's medal that also earned the immigrant from Ukraine an Israel national record of 14.78 meters.

The twelve athletes with the best results in Saturday's qualifying round will compete in the women's triple jump finals on Monday.

On Friday, Israeli judoka Or Sasson won a bronze medal after beating the cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza in the consolation round in the men's 100 kilogram plus weight class. The 26-year-old Sasson had been the subject of some political drama at the games when an Egyptian rival, Islam el-Shahabi, refused to shake Sasson's hand when the Israeli defeated.

Sasson was the second Israeli to win a medal at the Rio Olympics, after judoka Yarden Gerbi defeated Japan's Miku Tashiro to win the bronze medal in the women's 63 kilogram weight class.