Tamara Boros of Croatia, winning in Athens
Kravchenko run loses steam
By FRANKIE SACHS
In table tennis, Marina Kravchenko's brave run came to an end when she was defeated 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, by the world No. 6 Tamara Boros of Croatia, the top non-Asian player on the circuit.
Marina Kravchenko lost her third-round match against Tamara Boros of Croatia on Tuesday after shocking the European champion in the previous round.
After four days of competition during which half of Israel's 36 athletes have already taken part, only four have distinguished themselves so far.
Although weather conditions have cancelled several races in the men's Mistral windsailing, Gal Friedman is doing his part to remain in medal contention. In men's tennis doubles, Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich reached the quarterfinals, and table tennis player Marina Kravchenko, a virtual unknown last week, became Israel's sweetheart with two wins in the opening rounds of the competition before bowing out Tuesday.
On the other hand, shooter Alex Danilov has failed to meet expectations for the second Olympics in a row, while the other five sailors Lee Korsitz in women's Mistral and 470 class windsurfing pairs Udi Gal & Gidi Kliger and Vered Bouskila & Nike Kornecki are on their way to joining him in the disappointment category.
Kravchenko went out in straight sets to Croatia's Tamara Boros, but nevertheless will be remembered for an impressive and exciting Olympic run. The classic underdog, Kravchenko swept aside local favorite Archontoula Volakaki in the first round and eliminated reigning European champion Otilia Bodescu of Romania in the second before falling to the fifth seed 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.
"I m quite pleased with my result," Kravchenko told Channel 1 afterwards. "I got the most of my abilities here."
The 30-year-old kept it close in the opening set and even tied the score at 8-8, but Boros won the next three points to win the set and never looked back.