Gymnast Alex Shatilov lived up to expectations on Saturday, ending the day with good results both in the floor exercise and in the men’s all around.
On Sunday tennis player Shahar Peer will face a tough challenge when she plays Maria Sharapova on the center court at Wimbledon.
Shatilov finished the floor exercise with 15.633 points, which places him third in his qualifying round and in excellent position to make the finals. In the all around competition he received a total of 89.032 points, placing him seventh and giving him a high chance of making the 24 finalists.
Young gymnast Felix Aharonovich finished the qualifying round with 83.199 points. Though he placed 19th in his group, and won’t make it through to the finals, Aharonovich — who celebrated his 24th birthday 10 days ago — lived up to expectations.
Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram advanced to the second round in the men’s doubles in tennis, beating their Spanish opponents 7-6, 7-6 in two sets.
In badminton, Misha Zilberman lost his opening match to a Danish opponent.
Judoka Artium Arshansky advanced one round in his category before being eliminated.
Swimmer Gal Nevo (400m medley) made it to the semi-finals, and, though he didn’t make it through to the finals, finished in the respectable 10th place. Amit Ivri (100m butterfly stroke) and Imri Ganiel (100m backstroke) failed to advance beyond their qualifying heats.
Sunday, July 29
On Sunday six Israeli athletes are competing.
Peer, one of Israel’s most famous international athletes, will take to the grass at Wimbledon against Sharapova, and try to serve some aces in her second Olympic appearance.
The draw to face Sharapova — ranked third in the world — “was probably the toughest” one to get, Peer told reporters. “It will be very hard, but anything can happen,” the 25 year-old said.
Another athlete worth watching is Golan Polak. The 21-year-old won two medals in the 2012 world cup tour, and would love to make his Olympic debut a successful one.
Remember: Event times are listed as they appear in London — please make the right adjustments (Israelis add 2 hours; US East Coast residents subtract 5).
Here’s the Sunday schedule:
- Badminton: Misha Zilberman will play in the qualifying rounds, at 1:44pm.
- Judo: Golan Pollack will compete in the under-66kg category. First round will be at 9:30am, semifinals at 2-4pm and finals at 4:10-4:20pm.
- Artistic Gymnastics: Valeria Maksyuta will compete in the women’s individual all around. Qualifying rounds take place at 11:15am-12:30pm.
- Tennis: Shahar Peer will compete in the women’s singles at 4pm.
- Swimming: Nimrod Shapira Bar Or will swim the 200m freestyle; qualifying heat at 10:24-11:08am, semifinals at 7:36-7:45pm. Yaakov Tomarkin will compete in the 100m backstroke; qualifying heat at 11:38am-12:05pm, semifinals at 8:24-8:32pm.