Olympic Games: Day 14 round-up

By Danny Caro, August 10, 2012

Jo Aleh of New Zealand was celebrating the fourth Jewish gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, while there was some much-needed cheer for Israel as Neta Rivkin reached the final of the Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics competition.

Jo Aleh, 26, and Olivia Powrie, 24, won gold in the Women's 470 competition in Weymouth.

Known as 'Team Jolly', they won New Zealand's fourth gold medal of the Games, beating home favourites Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark.

Neta Rivkin produced two excellent routines on day two of the qualifiers to reach tomorrow's finals.

Rivkin, who took silver at the 2011 European Championships and bronze at the World Championship in the same year, went into Friday's final two rotations in 14th position and she produced some inspiring gymnastics to squeeze into the top 10.

She started with a score of 27.525 - her best mark of these Games - on Friday in the Clubs routine, receiving 8.925 for difficulty, 9.3 for Artistic and 9.3 for Execution.

Rivkin finished the qualifying rotation with a stunning ribbon routine, where she claimed a competition best score of 27.725 to put her in ninth place.

Rivkin told the JC: "It was very important to reach the final. I had a bad day yesterday and was determined to put it right.

"Today was the money-time and tomorrow I'm going to have fun and enjoy it. I had a difficult night last night but I'm relieved I've shown London what I'm capable of."

Zetlin registered 24.250 with the clubs on Friday, with a great routine full of flips and confidence. Overnight she was placed 22nd out of 24 in her first Olympics.

The American was in tears after her final routine after dropping one of her clubs, which left her with a score of 24.225.

Israel finished the Group event qualifiers in 14th place overnight. That will be enough to take them into tomorrow's final.

Russia, coached by Israeli David Blatt, missed out on a place in the Men's Basketball final when they were beaten by Spain.

Last updated: 7:54pm, August 10 2012