Israeli rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin delivers an excellent performance in the 2012 London Games, finishing seventh in the women’s rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition’s finals.
Rivkin, who advanced to the final round after ranking ninth in the qualifying competition, made Olympic history for Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics field with her remarkable performance during the competition.
Rivkin will be honored with carrying the Israeli flag during the Olympic closing ceremony.
The 21-year-old gymnast from Petah Tikva scored 27.350 points in the hoop apparatus, but received a low score of 26.800 in the ball apparatus, placing her ninth overall.
For the hoop apparatus, Rivkin received a score of 27.800, after completing an excellent routine, boosting her overall placement by two spots. Rivkin managed to maintain seventh place after the fourth and final ribbon apparatus, for which she received a round score of 27.000 points.
Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva won the gold medal, with a total score of 116.90, followed by fellow Russian gymnast Daria Dmitrieva. Belarus’ Liubou Charkashyna won the bronze.
Rivkin is an Olympic and world champion rhythmic gymnast. She won silver medals in the individual hoop competition and in clubs at the 2011 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships, and a bronze medal in the individual hoop final at the 2011 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Rivkin competed at the 2008 Beijing Games, coming in 14th.