Athletics

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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Goodman passes big Euro test

By Brian Sacks, December 3, 2009

Richard Goodman achieved a remarkable victory in the GB trial race for the European Under 20 Cross Country Championships over 6.7 km in Liverpool.

Always comfortable in the leading group, Goodman, 16, broke away in the last 200 metres to win by four seconds. A measure of his achievement is that runner-up James Wilkinson is three years his senior and six seconds faster over 1500 metres, while further down the field, Simon Horsfield, 19, has a 3:41.77 1500m time that is equivalent to a sub-4-minute mile.

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Abrahams takes his place in running's hall of fame

October 29, 2009

Harold Abrahams, the most celebrated of all Anglo-Jewish athletes, has been inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 1924 Olympic 100 metres champion received a posthumous honour at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. Athletics writer and selection panel member Mel Watman spoke of Abrahams’ “massive and varied services to British and international athletics”.

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Peters nails ninth in NY

By Brian Sacks, October 22, 2009

Cheered on by enthusiastic supporters lining both sides of the road, David Peters, 38, recorded 4:14.2 to finish ninth in the elite New York Road Runners Championship race, part of the Fifth Avenue Mile event in New York.

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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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