No medals, but Israel finds comfort in Olympic performance

Click photo to download. Caption: The London 2012 Olympics logo. Credit: IOC.( The Israeli delegation to the London Olympics may have completed its campaign without a single medal, but sports officials highlighted a number of achievements that should nonetheless be seen as noteworthy, Israel Hayom reported.

“It’s true we disappointed when it came to medals, but when it came to getting into the finals, we met our expectations and did better than we did in Beijing,” said Gili Lustig, the chairman of the Elite Sport Department at the Israel Olympic Committee. “We went through to eight finals, compared to six four years ago, and some of them were in the major Olympic events, such as swimming and gymnastics. In addition, several of our athletes chalked up the best-ever Israeli results in Olympic competition.”

Israel’s final representatives taking part in events on Sunday failed to finish in any of the top three spots.

Despite the overall medal drought, however, the Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team certainly met expectations with a respectable achievement, making it to the finals of their event for the second consecutive games. While Noa Palatchy, Vika Koshel, Moran Buzovski, Polina Zakaluzny, Eliora Zholkovski and Marina Shultz couldn’t exceed or match their previous results from Beijing 2008 (sixth place), their eighth-place finish is respectable in and of itself.

Posted on August 13, 2012 .