Athletics

London 2012: Which Jewish athletes are in the running?

September 24, 2009

As anticipation starts to build for the London Olympics, the world’s greatest showcase of track and field athletics, now seems a good time to review the state of health of UK Jewish athletics.

Last month’s Maccabiah Games provided a telling indicator. It showcased the talents of two bright prospects — Richard Goodman, 16, of Stanmore, who won two golds and a bronze in the junior middle-distance events, and Jennifer Simmons, 18, of Manchester, who won gold in the senior 400m hurdles and bronze in the 400m flat.

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JCC Games summary

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Team GB won 22 medals at the JCC Games in San Franciso.

The delegation brought home 10 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.

The Under 14 boys football team were one of the winners. After beating San Francisco 9 - 3 in the semi-finals, they were made to battle before beating Mexico 2-1 in the final. went on in the afternoon to win Gold Medal in the final against Mexico winning 2 - 1.

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Jump start for teen’s Olympic ambitions

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Dima Kroyter enhanced his credentials as a future Olympic medallist by leaping to gold in the high jump for Israel in the World Under-17 Athletics Championships in Italy.

The 16-year-old prodigy jumped 2.20 metres, one centimetre short of his personal best. “It was such a thrill to stand on the podium and hear the Hatikvah,” he said.

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Track stars are setting the pace

July 2, 2009

The GB Track and Field squad selected comprises 10 juniors and two Open athletes.

Assistant Team Manager Yanina Fish said: “The squad are very accomplished in their chosen events and we are confident they will all be competing for medals. Everyone has been training hard and competing for their Athletics Clubs and schools, while achieving good results and improving all the time.”

“Apart from Jo Ankier, this will be the squad’s first Maccabiah Games, although some athletes, including myself, have competed at the JCC Games in America.

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Record-breaking Goodman ahead of schedule as Maccabiah looms

By Brian Sacks, June 19, 2009

Even by his own high standards, Richard Goodman had an exceptional weekend, racing to the top of the UK Under 17 1,500 metres rankings and then demolishing his personal best for 800 metres.

Competing in a British Milers Club 1,500 metres race in Watford, Goodman and other front runners passed the 800 metres mark in 2:04 assisted by a pacemaker. Goodman opened up a lead with 150 metres remaining and won by a significant margin in 3:54.72, the fastest Under 17 time in the UK for two years. In the process he cut his personal best by 8.9 seconds.

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Good job

By Brian Sacks, June 4, 2009

Stepping up an age group to compete in the Under 20 National Junior Athletics League in Hendon, North West London, Richard Goodman, 16, cut his 1,500 metres personal best by two seconds to 4:03.63.

Competing for Shaftesbury Barnet against seven other clubs, Goodman’s finishing drive over the last 300 metres took him 20 metres clear of the field by the finish.

Clubmate James Grant, 18, came second in the Under 20 Middlesex Championships pole vault, achieving a height of 4.00 metres.

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Kastor bows to Kenyans

May 27, 2009

Deena Kastor, 36, (left) was third lady in the 98th annual Bay to Breakers 12K race in San Francisco, beaten by two Kenyan athletes.

Despite ongoing GCSE exams, Richard Goodman equalled his personal best of 1:59.6 in winning a closely fought 800 metres race in the Southern Young Athletes League at Enfield.

Manchester’s Ellie Edwards, 12, recorded 10.5 for 75 m in the Northern Young Athletes League, placing her in the top 20 in the UK under-13 rankings.

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Tropp girls are head over heels

April 2, 2009

Amanda, Ashleigh and Katie Tropp have expanded the family trophy cabinet after recording success in the London Gymnastics Federation Acrobatics Regional Championships.

Representing Harefield Gymnastic Academy, the sisters, pupils at Moriah Jewish Day School, turned heads at East London Gym. Amanda, together with Jessica Gordon-Brown, won gold in Grade One after receiving a competition high score of 26.80. Their finish sees them qualify to represent London in the national finals in May.

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Goodman joins legends

March 26, 2009

Cross country

Richard Goodman won the Intermediate Boys race representing Middlesex Schools at the English School’s Cross Country Championships at Stamford Hall near Loughborough.

He finished the 5.4 kilometre course in 17:29 and joins a prestigious list of winners including Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.

As a top eight finisher, Goodman has been selected to represent England in the SIAB Home Countries International Schools Cross Country in Bangor.

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National joy for Bruck

March 12, 2009

Roger Bruck took silver in the pentathlon at the National Indoor Championships.

He took the lead after the hurdles, putting down his improvement to specialist coaching received from John Barnett. Bruck retained his advantage after the high jump, long jump and shot put, but coming into the final event, the 1000 metres, the former European Maccabi 100 metre champion found the event approximately 900 metres too far. He was well beaten in this discipline and had to settle for overall second place in the five disciplines contest.

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