Athletics

Teen athlete tops personal bests

September 16, 2010

Richard Goodman, 17, brought his track season to a close with personal bests at either end of the middle distance range. First he beat top class senior opposition to win the 800m in the British Athletics League final in Hendon. His time of 1:53.47 improved his personal best by 1.27 seconds, and his win helped Shaftesbury Barnet to win the title of Top UK Athletics Club.

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Jewish athletes win big at UK meeting

By Brian Sacks, August 19, 2010

Two Jewish athletes performed with distinction at the Diamond League event at Crystal Palace. In the top UK meeting of the year, Richard Goodman of Stanmore won the Under 20 3,000m while Jillian Schwartz of Israel came second in the pole vault.

Competing against older and faster runners, Goodman, 17, did not start his race as favourite. A hamstring injury two weeks beforehand had restricted his preparation to strength work in the gym and two speed sessions in the week before the race.

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Danielle’s jump start in Barcelona

By Alex Carson, August 5, 2010

Danielle Frenkel, 22, set a new women's high jump record for Israel in its debut at the European Athletics Championship in Barcelona

She cleared the bar at 1.92m in the qualifying round advancing her to the final where she managed to clear only 1.85m followed by three failed attempts at 1.89m, handing victory to Croatia's Blanka Vlasic, reaching 2.03m.

Frenkel remains optimistic and happy with her overall performance, despite not being victorious in the finals and finishing 12th and last place.

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Ellie, 13, is one in a thousand

July 22, 2010

Ellie Edwards had the opportunity of a lifetime when she attended a unique masterclass in Manchester.

Edwards, 13, received specialist coaching from sprint legends Tyson Gay, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Kim Collins, Linford Christie and Felix Sanchez at the indoor athletics track at Sport City.

A Sale Harrier and Manchester High School athlete, Edwards had been invited to the session after winning the Manchester Street Sprints competition last year.

The stars were in Deansgate for the Great City Games which were held on Sunday at a specially constructed street track.

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Kastor finishes 18th at London Marathon

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

Deena Kastor finished 18th at the Virgin London Marathon. The 2006 winner had her preparations disrupted by the volanic ash travel backlog and overcame an arduous two-day journey from America via Paris.

The American marathon record holder crossed the line in 2:36:20, her slowest time for any marathon she had completed since taking up the event nine years ago.

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Bruck's record broken

April 8, 2010

Roger Bruck’s unbeaten record at the British Masters Athletics Championships has come to an end. Having previously won the National Pentathlon and Southern Counties 60 metres, Long Jump and High Jump. This time, however, he had to settle for silver in both the high and long Jump in the National Championships.

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Richard Goodman struggles at U20 Championship

April 1, 2010

Richard Goodman found the going tough in the Under 20 World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Giving away up to three years on his competitors, the Maccabi GB Sports Personality of 2010 finished 74th in a race where the first 26 were from African nations.

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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Goodman’s silver lining

January 28, 2010

Richard Goodman took silver in the Under 20 race at the Elgoibar International cross-country meeting in the Basque region of northern Spain.

The Maccabiah double gold medallist was narrowly out-sprinted by UK teammate Jonathan Hay in a thrilling finish. The pair had broken away from a field that included teams from Spain, France and Italy.

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Roger Bruck takes gold in Indoor Pentathlon

January 28, 2010

Roger Bruck took gold in the British Masters Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Picketts Lock.

Competing in the first major Indoor Athletics meeting of the season, Bruck, representing the Southern Counties, came first in the seven-hour competition with a score of just under 3,000 points.

Following a reasonable start in the 60 metres hurdles, he put in a disappointing long jump, an event where he has won the British Masters title on three occasions. A much-improved performance in the shot put, was followed by a personal best in the high jump.

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