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Israeli equestrian Ashlee Bond finishes 11th overall in jumping final

Weightlifter David Litvinov finishes 5th in his group; sailors Noya Bar-Am and Shahar Tibi end up in eighth place overall

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel.

Israel's Ashlee Bond riding Donatello 141 competes in the equestrian's jumping individual final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo on August 4, 2021. (Amit Shissel/Israel Olympic Committee)
Israel's Ashlee Bond riding Donatello 141 competes in the equestrian's jumping individual final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo on August 4, 2021. (Amit Shissel/Israel Olympic Committee)

Despite an impressive qualifying round, Israeli Olympic equestrian Ashlee Bond finished in 11th place overall on Wednesday in the individual jumping finals.

But she should have another shot to compete on Friday, during the qualifiers in the team show jumping competition. If Israel’s team advances, they will compete in the final round on Saturday.

Bond, a US native whose father is Israeli, advanced to the finals after coming in third overall during the qualifying round on Tuesday with a flawless performance. But on Wednesday, she chalked up five penalty points on the course, leaving her out of medal contention.

After a jumpoff, the gold in the event went to Great Britain’s Ben Maher, the silver to Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and the bronze to the Netherlands’ Maike van der Vleuten.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli sailors Noya Bar-Am and Shahar Tibi came third in the final race for the women’s two-person dinghy, but finished eighth overall and fell short of the podium.

Israeli weightlifter David Litvinov competed Wednesday in the over 109 kg weight class, finishing in fifth place in his group.

David Litvinov of Israel competes in the men’s +109kg weightlifting event, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

On Thursday, Israeli swimmer Matan Roditi will jump into the harbor at Odaiba Marine Park for the men’s 10km open-water swim final. And on Friday, the rhythmic gymnastics qualifying events will kick off, with Linoy Ashram predicted to bring home another medal for Israel.

Israel’s medal count at the Tokyo Games currently stands at three: gold for artistic gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, bronze for Taekwondo competitor Avishag Semberg and bronze for the mixed judo team. Until this year, Israel had never won more than two medals at any Olympic Games.

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