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The Eeventh Maccabiah: 5741

July 6 to July 16, 1981

Basic Facts

  • 3,150 athletes representing thirty three countries competed in 32 events.
  • Fourteen new Maccabiah records were set in track and field, sixteen in swimming, and eight in the various marksmenship competitions.

Notable Athletes

  • Leading Israeli swimmers included Lior Birkin
  • Madar Rubinstein (women)
  • Amit Daniel
  • Ron Kerman
  • Yoram Kochavi
  • Yaron Elati (men)
  • Andy Zaltzman
  • Yair Karmi, record breaker in the 10,000 meter race
  • Aryeh Gamliel
  • Manny Rosenberg
  • Yoav Meckel (sprint)
  • Zvi Lauder (long distance running)
  • The American athlete Brian Mendstein set impressive records in the 400 meter hurdle race (52.07 seconds) and decathlon
  • The British athlete Gary Wilson (Gold Medal for the 100 meter race) was crowned The Fastest Jew in the World
  • Outstanding tennis players were Shlomo Glickstein who ranked forty ninth in the world at the time
  • Lonni Gilbert, who competed at the Tenth Maccabiah and ranked seventy second in the world on the list for women.

 Joining the Party: Countries who participated for the first time

  • New Zealand
  • Bermuda
  • Puerto Rico
  • Two Egyptian observers came for the water polo tournament.

Say Hello: New Sports Competition

  • sailing
  • softball
  • Rugby
  • Boating competitions were reintroduced after a thirty one year lapse.