Neta Rivkin finished her summer in seventh place on Saturday, the highest-ever ranking by an Israeli rhythmic gymnast at the Olympics. On Sunday, the rhythmic team of five will compete in the finals, and a blue-and-white marathon runner will participate in the final event of the 2012 London Games.
Rivkin, 21, was chosen to carry the Israeli flag at the closing ceremony of the Games, set to take place on Sunday.
Rivkin scored 27.350 in her hoop routine, with no major errors, to place 9th out of the 10 finalists. She then scored 26.850 for the ball routine, a mark that kept her ninth overall. In the clubs, she again fared well, and scored 27.800 — third best of the 10 competitors — to lift her overall standing to 7th. Finally, with the ribbon — to a soundtrack including the classic Israeli tune of “Hevenu Shalom” (We have brought peace) — she scored 27.000 with another error-free routine to hold onto seventh place.
Sunday, August 12
Although there are slim chances for an Israeli to stand on the podium in the Marathon event, the two-and-a-half hour race will take you through the streets of London and allow you to see the sights as the runners do their best in the last event of the 2012 Games.
The rhythmic gymnastic team will compete in the finals after finishing the qualifying rounds in seventh place.
Remember (for the last time!): Event times are listed as they appear in London — please make the right adjustments (Israelis add 2 hours; US East Coast residents subtract 5).
- Marathon: Zohar Zemiro will run through the streets of London, 11am-1:40pm.
- Finals: Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team, 1:30-2:43pm.