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Israeli Olympians Prepared to Wow in Rio

Israel's 2016 Olympians with President Rivlin (Photo: Mark Neyman/GPO)

Tonight, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio. Forty-seven Israeli athletes will enter the stadium, The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai reports, then will begin to compete in a variety of events:

A mere 10 hours after the Opening Ceremony, Rio 2016 will swing into full action on Saturday, with four Israelis to already enter the fray.

Rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin, participating in her third Olympics at the tender age of 25, will be Israel’s flag bearer and lead out the delegation in Friday’s ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Israel has sent 47 athletes to the 2016 Games, four more than the previous record set in Beijing eight years ago. Israel will also be represented in 17 different events, another record.

Many of Israel’s representatives will not be attending the ceremony, either because they aren’t in Rio yet as their events start later in the Games or because the long festive night would leave them tired ahead of their competitions...

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