The Israeli Athletics competitor Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko didn’t do so well in her first two jumps, but in her third one, she set a result of 14.20 meters which is enough for her to move on to the finals tomorrow. “I hope it’ll be ok. It’s all in the head,” said Knyazyeva-Minenko.

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko: World champion runner up

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko: World champion runner up Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The day after Israeli judoka Ori Sasson’s bronze medal win – the Israeli delegation’s second medal in the Rio Olympics – Israeli Athletics competitor Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko joined the competitions and will now be moving on to the Triple Jump Final.

The second place European champion arrived at the Olympics in phenomenal shape just one month after winning her silver medal in Amsterdam, where she produced a 14.51-meter result.

Nevertheless, she seemed nervous at the beginning of the competition and didn’t do so well in her first two attempts while running. In her third jump, Knyazyeva-Minenko set a great result of 14.20 meters, which is enough for her to move on to the competition finals tomorrow.

Sasson at the end of the fight yesterday

Sasson at the end of the fight yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

At the end of the competition, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko tried to explain what happened in her two failed jumps: “I don’t know what happened. Maybe I’ve been in Brazil too long. I couldn’t feel my legs. Maybe it’s the hours, maybe it’s the weather. I don’t know what happened.” She noted that on the third and most critical jump the adrenaline began flowing through her and said that she hopes that tomorrow’s final will be better: “It’s most important to be mentally prepared.”

Knyazyeva-Minenko also spoke about the Israeli judo delegation’s achievements saying: “I saw all of Yarden and Ori’s fights. I got emotional and maybe I didn’t need to. I was happy and I hope that tomorrow will be better.”

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko grew up and trained in the Ukraine up until 2012 when she met her husband, an Israeli athlete, and immigrated to Israel for him. Since 2013, Knyazyeva-Minenko has represented Israel in world competitions. Last year, she earned the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing for the triple jump, setting a new Israeli record of 14.78 meters.

Israeli Olympic windsurfer Maayan Davidovich is also among the ranks to win a medal. She needs to perform very well on Sunday in order to guarantee her a spot in the top three.