Dazzling. The rhythmic gymnastics team
Photo: Reuters
Rhythmic gymnastics team ranks 6th
Israeli team becomes first-ever quintet to compete in Olympic final. Long-distance runner Haile Setain ranks 69th

The Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team ended its Olympic bid with a stellar accomplishment for Israeli sports Sunday, ranking sixth in the 2008 Beijing Games' team event – the first rhythmic gymnastics team final Israel has ever made it to.


The judges awarded Katerina Pisetsky, Alona Dvornichenko, Raheli Vigdorchik, Veronika Vitenberg and Maria Savenkov a total of 32.100 points, after an exhilarating performance with three hoops and two batons.


Saturday's competition saw the five's teammate, Ire Risenson, make a little bit of history as she became the first-ever Israeli gymnast to qualify to the rhythmic gymnastics individuals' finals. The 20-year-old ranked 9th overall.

Stellar. The Israeli team during their rope routine (Photo: Reuters)


Russia's rhythmic gymnastics team won Olympic gold with the Chinese taking silver and Belarus claiming bronze.


In Track and Field, Israeli long-distance marathon runner, Haile Setain, ended his Olympic bid in 69th place, finishing the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:30:07h.


Kenya's Samuel Wanjiru took the marathon gold, Morocco's Jaouad Gharib took the silver and Tsegay Kebede from Ethiopia claimed the bronze.  


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