Israelis at the Olympics — Sat., July 28

Israelis at the Olympics — Sat., July 28

Medal hopeful Alex Shatilov is one of nine Israeli athletes scheduled to compete on Day One

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Saturday, July 28

Day one of the 2012 London Olympics features nine Israeli athletes, playing badminton and tennis, swimming in the aquatic center and showcasing skills in the men’s all around gymnastics.

Gymnast Alex Shatilov, who won medals at recent world and European championships, and was a finalist in the ’08 games, will start his quest for an Olympic medal.

Misha Zilberman will make his mark in Israeli history when he becomes the first badminton player to compete at the Olympics under the blue-and-white flag.

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 daily schedule:

  • Badminton: Misha Zilberman will play in the qualifying rounds, at 8:50pm.
  • Artistic Gymnastics: Alex Shatilov and Felix Aharonovitz will take part in the qualifying round for the men’s individual all around, 3:30-6pm.
  • Judo: Artiom Arshanski will compete in the men’s under 60kg at 10:05am. Semi finals at 2:42pm, and the finals in the category at 4:10pm.
  • Tennis: Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram will compete in the men’s doubles, at 5:30pm.
  • Swimming: Gal Nevo will swim in the 400m medley. The qualifying heats will start at 10am, and the finals will take place at 7:30pm. Amit Ivri will take part in the 100m butterfly stroke. The qualifying heat will start at 10:30am, and the semifinals will take place at 7:40pm. Imri Ganiel will swim in the 100m breaststroke. The qualifying heat will start at 12:15pm, and the semifinals will begin at 8:28pm.
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