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Lezak a big help to Phelps

By Graham Morrison, August 15, 2008

Michael Phelps owed a considerable debt of gratitude to Jason Lezak, the oldest swimmer in the American men's squad, as he this week surpassed Mark Spitz's tally of nine Olympic golds.

Lezak, 32, recorded a superb 46.06 in the anchor leg of the final of the 4x100 metres freestyle relay to edge out the French squad by 0.67 seconds.

The Californian, who took up the sport at the age of five, is competing in his third consecutive Games.


Barda is priced out of Bolton

By Simon Griver, August 15, 2008

Israel striker Elyaniv Barda has slammed his Belgian club Racing Genk for pricing him out of a transfer to the Premier League after demanding a £4 million transfer fee from Bolton.

"I think Genk went over the top," Barda said. "It could be they threw out a price so high I wouldn't leave because they really want me."


Goldsmith inspires FC Team

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2008

FC Team A displayed a gritty workman-like performance in their second pre-season friendly of the campaign. With up to seven regulars not available the squad was threadbare.

Raiders dominated possession for vast periods of the game however when given the chance FC Team looked equally as dangerous going forward with superb performances by the entire midfield and forward line.


Olympics update

By Graham Morrison and Simon Griver, August 12, 2008

American fencer Sada Jacobson became the first Jewish medallist of the Beijing Olympics after taking silver in an all-American final against defending champion Mariel Zagunis.

Shahar Peer bowed out in the second round of the women's singles. Having beating Romanian Sorana Cirstea in round one, she succumbed to ninth seed Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-6.

Fellow Israeli Tzipi Obziler received a late call-up into the women's singles after replacing injured top seed Ana Ivanovic. She lost 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 against Mariya Koryttseva of the Ukraine.


Ryan Crowned King By The Knights

August 11, 2008

After a shakey start to East London Knights pre season campaign, they were entertained by a division 3 outfit in Faithfold C. Although playing some good football in recent weeks they have lacked a cutting edge.


Silver stuns Bafana

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2008

London Maccabi Lions B and Bafana Bafana opened their pre-season programme with a close and hard fought game at Rowley Lane this Sunday.

With a tough four week programme of fitness behind them, Lions came into this game with much to prove to new manager Gavin Stollar, who was taking charge of his first game with the Rowley Lane club.


Americans pool their resources

August 8, 2008

Garrett Weber-Gale believes America have assembled their strongest ever swimming squad for the Beijing Olympics.

The 22-year-old from Wisconsin is one of four Jewish swimmers in the US team. Along with Jason Lezak and Ben Wildman-Tobriner, the male trio have been nicknamed the "Three Chaverim" with Wildman-Tobriner and Weber-Gale branded the "hyphenated Jew crew". As well as battling it out for medals in individual events, they are expected to make up three-quarters of the 4x100 freestyle relay team.


Tall story of British Olympic rowing hopeful

By Graham Morrison, August 8, 2008

In the absence of steeplechaser Jo Ankier, 6ft 9in Oxford-based rower Josh West is the only Jew competing for Team GB in Beijing

Originally from Santa Fe, USA, West, 31, started rowing aged 17 as a fresher at Yale. While there, taking geology and international studies, he competed in the Harvard/Yale race.

However, he decided to continue his studies at Cambridge, and went on to take part in four Oxford/Cambridge boat races, being on the winning crew in 1999 and 2001.


Goodman races to middle distance double

By Brian Sacks, August 8, 2008

Athletics Stanmore athlete Richard Goodman won both the 800m and 1500m under-17 races in the Young Athletes League in Norwich last week.

Goodman, 15, achieved one of his season's ambitions by breaking the two minute barrier, winning in 1:59.8. Delighted with the performance, he said: "I ran a tactical race and was very pleased to win in such good time. I had just completed a very tough training week for elite young athletes at St Mary's College, Twickenham.

"But it made this win all the more worthwhile."


Ram and Erlich lead Olympic gold rush

By Simon Griver, August 8, 2008

Tennis doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich are the best gold medal prospects among Israel's record 43-strong squad at the Beijing Olympics.

Ram and Erlich travel to China in top form after reaching the finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday, where they lost in a deciding tie-break to the Bryan brothers.