Shahar Peer was the last Israeli to play on Sunday, and she too lost in the first round. The tennis player was eliminated from competition at the London Games by Russian medal favorite Maria Sharapova, ending a disappointing day for the blue-and-white team.
Peer won the first set, breaking the Russian’s serve, but then had her serve broken three times on the way to a 6-2 loss in the first set. The second set was no better for Peer and Sharapova won with ease, 6-0.
Earlier in the day Israeli badminton player Misha Zilberman lost to Derek Wong of Singapore 2-0 and was eliminated..
Wong, 23, beat Zilberman 21-9 in 11 minutes, and then 21-15 in 14 minutes in the best of 3 match series.
Gymnast Valeria Maksyuta put in a series of below-par performances in the qualifying round for the women’s competition Sunday, and received low marks that will prevent her from advancing to the finals in the all around or in any individual apparatus event.
Maksyuta, Israel’s only female contender in artistic gymnastics, totaled 45.699 points for the day, placing her near the bottom of the rankings.
She had a score of 13.300 on the vault, after a bad landing in her first attempt. The gymnast made multiple errors in her routine on the uneven bars, resulting in a low point total of 9.433. On her third performance of the day she was given a mark of 10.533 on the beam, and finished her day with a result of 12.933 in the floor exercise.
Earlier on Sunday, swimmers Yakov Toumarkin and Nimrod Shapira Bar Or failed to make it to the semi finals in their swimming heats, and judoka Golan Pollack was eliminated from competition.
The 20 year-old Toumarkin finished with a result of 54.91 seconds in the 100 meter backstroke. He placed sixth in his heat, but didn’t make it to the top 16.
Bar Or finished his qualifying heat in the 200 meter freestyle in second place with a result of 1:48.60 minutes, a result that placed him 21st overall and left him out of the 16 semi finalists.
Bar Or was a semi-finalist at the ’08 Games in Beijing, and had hoped to repeat his achievement in London.
The young Pollack failed to advance beyond the first round in the under 66kg weight category when he lost to a more experienced, 27-year-old French opponent.
Pollack was included in the national team at the last minute, following a strong performance at the 2012 World Cup. He is expected to develop into a force to be reckoned with by the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Sunday’s Olympic program features six Israeli athletes, competing in the pool, on the gymnastic mats, and on Wimbledon’s grass court.