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The First Maccabiah: 5692

March 28 to april 6, 1932

  • The Egyptian delegation won all of the boxing matches, while track and field events were all won by the US team.

Notable Athletes

  • Saul Moyal – Egyptian fence who participated in the 1928 Olympics in Amestradam, and won the top medal in all three fencing weapons: foil, epee, and saber.
  • Sybil Koff

Countries who took part:

  • Austria
  • Great Britain
  • Bulgaria
  • Danzig
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Yugoslavia
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Latvia
  • Egypt
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Czechoslvakia
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • Palestine

390  Jewish athletes from eighteen countries including sixty from Arab lands (Syria and Egypt), participated in the First Maccabiah. At the Opening Ceremony in Maccabi Stadium, 2,500 gymnasts put on an impressive display of showmanship.

The stadium, the first of its kind in Eretz Israel, built on the sands of north Tel Aviv between the mouth of the Yarkon River and the Mediterranean Sea, was completed on the eve of the Opening Ceremony.