Maccabiah News Update - July 24 (2)
Today’s competitions brought a series of fantastic results and achievements:
Track and Field
Donald Sanford broke the Israeli record in the 400 meters race with a fantastic time: 45.65, as he beat Olympic finalist Steven Solomon, who took the silver.
In the pole vault competition, the crowd at Hadar Yosef had the privilege of seeing Alex Aberbuch, one of Israel’s all-time greatest athletes, return from retirement and take the gold ahead of his protégé, Lev Skorish, who took the silver.
Yimar Gathon, who made it to the finals of the Youth European Championship a few weeks ago, took the gold in the 1,500 meters run with 3:50.03.
Sean Berenstein from the USA won the 100 meters race (10.53 seconds) and is the favorite to win tomorrow the 200 meters. Olga Lanski won the women’s 100 meters race (11.78 sec.)
The last day of the swimming competitions brought some excellent results. Yahav Shahaf set a new Israeli record in the 50 meters sprint – 22.68 seconds. Olympic medalist Garrett Weber-Gale took the gold with a new Maccabiah record: 22.12 seconds. The old record belong to his former teammate Jason Lezak from the Maccabiah 2009. Third was Almog Olestein from Israel with 22.83 sec.
The 50 meters record was broke also in the women’s and the girls’ competitions. In the juniors, Zohar Shikler set a new record:25.71 sec. Later, Andrea Murez won her fourth gold medal in the women’s competition – and set a new Maccabiah record: 25.71 sec. Anya Gostomelski finished second and Keren Sibner took the bronze.
Another exciting moment took place when Anastasia Korotkov won the 200 meters medley with a new Maccabiah record: 2:19.97. She beat Andrea Murez (who held the previous record and Leah Goldman).
Anya Goltomelski and Korotkov were also part of Israel’s 4X100 medley relay team who took the gold. Weber-Gale was part of the American relay team who lost to the Israelis in the parallel race. Overall, eight new Maccabiah records were set during the swimming competitions.
Israel’s masters team (45+) beat Australia 67:38, led by Moshe Rice, Doron Jamchi and Doron Shefa. In the open tournament, Team USA beat Guinea-Bissau 141-66. Tim and Ben Carter, sons of assistant coach Michael Carter, scored 2 and 11 points respectively. But the most important aspect of this match was that the Guineans raised another 660$ to their fight against Malaria in western Africa.
Israel’s Junior Team A beat France 26:25. Tomorrow, Israel’s Open team will meet the French, led by legendary coach Claude Onesta.
Israel crashed Guatemala 21:0. Argentina beat the USA 13:1, Australia defeated Cuba 7:1, and Brasil showed its superiority against Great Britain – 7:1. Other results: Italy-Serbia 2:1, and Russia-France 10-0. In the Masters tournament, Israel beat Team GB 2:0. In the Juniors competition, Brasil and Argentina tied 1:1.