Shlomi Haimy rounded off Israel’s participation at the Rio Olympics by finishing the men’s mountain bike cross-country race in 29th place.

Israel first representative in an Olympic mountain biking competition, the 27-year-old got off to an encouraging start and was sitting in fourth after the first km.

Falling back into 13th place, he then suffered a punctured tire, which resulted in him slipping down to 44th place and effectively ruling out any hope he had of maintaining his challenge for a medal.

Finding himself in the late 30’s for the remainder of the race, he eventually completed the race in 29th place, in a time of 1:43:30, 10:02 behind the winner, Switzerlands’ Nino Schurter, who won the race in a time of 1:33:28.

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