The Eighth Maccabiah: 5729
July 28 to August 7, 1969
- 1,450 athletes from 27 countries participated in the Games, competing in 22 events.
- For the first time, the torch was relayed from the actual graves of the Maccabees (until 1967, they were forbidden to begin the relay so close to the Jordanian border).
- Swimmer Mark Spitz once again proved worthy of his title winning 3 Gold Medals in individual and 3 Gold medals in team races. (His future was, indeed promising. He was destined to capture 7 Gold Medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics.)
- Spitz’s younger sister, Nancy, also racked up medals at the pool and won several gold and one silver medal.
- Israeli sprinter, Esther Shachamorov, overshadowed all her opponents by winning 3 Gold Medals in track events
- American sprinter Harold Rothman
- Canadian sprinter Avital Hoffman
- World champion backstroke swimmer Karen Myor
- Shot putter Steve Marcus
- Wimbledon champion tennis player Julie Haldman
Joining the Party: Countries who participated and haven’t competed in the previous Maccabia