Flat tire punctures cyclist Haimy’s hopes in Rio
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Flat tire punctures cyclist Haimy’s hopes in Rio

Israel's last competitor at Olympics finished mountain bike race in 29th place.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Shlomi Haimy finished in 29th place
Shlomi Haimy finished in 29th place

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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