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Israel and the world Pt. 14 - Olympics Special

by Noga Gur-Arieh

July 30, 2012 | 8:43 am

For this week’s Israel and the World, I can’t think of something more important than the Olympic Games. Only three days into the games, I present to you the Israeli Olympic team members. Ofir Golan, one of Israel’s best Olympic specialists, will provide you with a prediction for the Israeli athletes who are still in the game. So far, we’re not doing so well, but there’s still hope for some of our athletes to bring home a medal.

Athletics

Men:
Donald Sanford- 400m (8/4)

Prediction

: will reach the semifinals.

Zohar Zemiro- Marathon (8/12)

Prediction

: will rank 30th or higher.

Women:
Jillian Schwartz – Pole vault (8/4).

Prediction:

she will have to fight hard to reach the finals, where she will meet with the world record holder and the Olympic champion: Yelena Isinbayeva.


Badminton


Misha Zilberman- Men’s singles. Ranked 3rd (did not advance).

Gymnastics

Artistic
Men:
Felix Aronovich- All around. Ranked 32 (did not advance).

Alexander Shatilov- All around and floor (advanced. Finals in 8/1 and 8/5.)

Predictions:

The biggest Israeli Olympic hope, and there’s a good reason for it. Has the biggest chance in winning a medal in Floor.

Women:
Valeria Maxiota- All around (did not advance.)


Rythmic
Neta Rivkin- Individual (8/9-10.)

Prediction:

Will come at top 10 in the finals.

Moran Buzoysky, Victoria Koshel, Noa Palathcy, Marina Shultz, Paulina Zakaluzny, Eliora Zholkovski- Team (8/9-11).

Prediction:

will rank 5th, 6th or 7th in the finals.

Judo

Artiom Arshansky- Men’s 60 kg (Did not advance.)

Golan Pollack- Men’s 60 kg (Did not advance.)

Losef “soso” palelashvili- Men’s 73 kg (Did not advance.)

Arik Ze’evi- Men’s 100 kg (8/2.)

Predictions

: This is Ze’evi’s 4th time competing for an Olympic medal. His speed may not be like it used to, but his experience and good thinking may win him a place on the Podium.

Alice Schlesinger- Women’s 63 kg (7/31.)

Prediction:

she is ranked 6th in the world, so there’s a good chance to see an Olympic medal, but in when it comes to Judo, you can never know…

Sailing

Men:
Shahar Tzuberi- RS:X (7/31-8/6.)

Predictions:

It all depends on the wind. But after winning a bronze medal in 2008, he defiantly has a good chance of standing on the podium once again.

Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela- 470 (8/2-9.).

Prediction:

after Kliger disappointing in 2004 and in 2008, this is his chance of leaving London as a winner.

Women:
Lee Kurzits- RS:X (7/31-8/6.)

Prediction:

Great expectations. May become the second Israeli woman to win an Olympic medal.

Nufar Edelman- Laser Radial (7/30-8/6.)

Prediction:

will rank in the top 15.

Vered Buskila and Gil Cohen- 470 (8/3-10.)

Prediction:

will defiantly finish in the top 10 and there’s a reasonable chance of winning an Olympic medal.

Shooting

Men:
Sergey Richter - 10m air rifle (Did not advance); 50m rifle prone (8/3).

Prediction:

Can advance to one final at least. Everything will be determined on the spot and anything can happen.
 

Swimming

Men:
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - 200m Freestyle (Did not advance.)

Imri Ganiel - 100m Breaststroke (Did not advance.)

Gal Nevo - 200m Butterfly (Advanced to the semifinals), 200m individual medley (8/1), 400m individual medley (Did not advance.)

Prediction:

Will reach the semifinals in 200m individual medley.

Yaakov-Yan Toumarkin: 100m Backstroke (Did not advance), 200m Backstroke (8/1.)

Prediction:

May be the big surprise of the Olympic Games and reach the finals in 200m backstroke.

Women:
Amit Ivry: 100m Butterfly (did not advance), 200m individual medley (Advanced to the semifinals)

Predictions:

will try to break her personal record, and qualify for the semifinals.

Synchronized swimming

Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe- Duet (8/5-6).

Prediction:

Will reach the finals.

Tennis

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram- Men’s double (Won round of 32.Still competing in Wimbledon.)

Predictions:

After failing in 2008, there aren’t any great expectations from the duo. But who knows? Maybe the lack of expectations will bring some good luck.

Shahar Pe’er- Women’s singles (Did not advance.)

Prediction:

After losing to Maria Sharapova, she is now waiting for the mixed doubles, where she may have another chance of winning a medal.

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