Neta Rivkin placed ninth on Friday and Israel’s team finished their category in seventh place, pushing all the country’s rhythmic gymnasts to the finals. Rivkin will perform on Saturday, and the team on Sunday.
Rivkin entered the second day of the qualifying rounds in 14th place — the spot she finished in Beijing — and after she dropped her ball in the second routine.
On Friday, in her third routine — the clubs — she scored a 27.525 which leapfrogged her into ninth place. She then scored 27.725 in her ribbon routine — boosting her overall score to 108.9 — and secured the ninth spot.
The team of five entered Friday in eighth place, but a good routine with balls and ribbons yielded a score of 26.600 — 53.100 overall — and advanced them to the seventh spot before the finals, which will be held on Sunday.
Saturday, August 11
As the Olympics draw to an end, the last blue-and-white members will compete over the weekend.
On Saturday, Rivkin will compete in all four apparatuses, with every rotation featuring her in a different place. As of Friday afternoon, the order of the competitors was yet to be decided.
On Sunday the team of five girls will compete in their category and try to end the competition on a positive note.
Also Sunday, Zohar Zemiro will run the marathon through the streets of London in the final event of the 2012 Summer Games. Though Zemiro’s chances of a podium finish are slim, the run is a great chance to watch the end of the games, and see the sites in England’s capital.
Saturday’s schedule: 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).
- Finals: Neta Rivkin (rhythmic gymnastics) 1:30-3:43pm.