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The Fourth Maccabiah: 5714

September 22 to September 29, 1953

Basic Facts

  • 19 events with 892 athletes from 23 countries
  • Most of the competitions were in track and field events (100 participants from 16 nations) and swimming (72 competitors from 13 countries). 

 Notable Athletes and Winners

  • Future Wimbledon champion Angela Buxton
  • Canadian wrestler Fred Oberlander won the Eliyahu Savislotsky Medal, presented for the first time to the outstanding athlete of the Maccabiah.  This prize was awarded at all subsequent Maccabiot. 
  • Gymnast Abe Grossfeld (6 Gold Medals)
  • Israeli swimmer Shoshana Rivner (2 Gold Medals)
  • Broad jump winner David Kushner
  • Perry Vavbrian (shot put throw)
  • Harry Laskow (walking)
  • Bob Richards (Olympic pole vault champion)
  • Harrison Dillard (110 meter hurdle race) 
  • Roy Romaine
  • Diver Peter Eliot.

Joining the Party: Countries who participated for the first time

  • Zimbabwe
  • Brazil
  • Chile

Say Hello: New Sports Competition

Saying Goodbye: Categories From Previous Maccabiot That Were Left Out

  • Grass hockey