Rivkin through to Gymnastics final

By Danny Caro, August 10, 2012

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

There was huge pressure on the gymnast who is Israel's last realistic hope of going home with a medal following a hugely disappointing performance from the squad.

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 on 108.900.

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."

America's Julie Zetlin finished in 21st place in her first Olympics, recording a score of 81.175 from four rounds.

She said: "It was a great feeling competing for my country. This was always my biggest dream and seeing so many American flags in the crowd was an uplifting experience. Being here was the icing on the cake and I couldn't have asked for anything else."

Israel's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team made it a day to remember by reaching the final of their event after finishing seventh in the qualifiers.

Last updated: 5:41pm, August 10 2012