Wonder kid Richard Goodman made a dream Maccabiah debut by winning the boys juniors 1,500 metres on Day Three at the Maccabiah Games.
Sitting on the heels of the leader after the first lap at Hadar Yosef, the Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier got his tactics spot on as he kicked on run away to leave the chasing pack in his shadow to win with plenty to spare.
Team GB made a disappointing start to the open cricket tournament as they let slip a golden opportunity to beat defending champions South Africa.
Putting SA in to bat, Nigel Rothband’s troops made a dream start with wickets from captain Darren Gerard and debutant Ryan Kangisser leaving hanging on at 3-2.
Gerard made the breakthrough in the second over when he forced Joss into a miscued drive that was caught at third man by Mark Bott. Kangisser’s wicket came in the third over, a vicious inswinging yorker that knocked two stumps out of the ground to send Ross packing.
The cycling squad claimed Team GB’s first medal of the 18th Maccabiah Games after Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein secured silver in the time trials.
They beat teams from the USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Columbia and Venezuela in temperatures high into the 90s.
Team captain Clifford Baker said: "We had said it was anyone's race but we are delighted to have won a silver medal- the first Team GB has ever won in cycling. We showed spirit and tenacity cycling in temperatures which to be fair were well out of our comfort zone."
The evening skies of Ramat Gan were lit up by fireworks as the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai were officially opened at the National Stadium.
The 50,000 stadium was far from capacity but in the region of 8,000 competitors and officials made this the biggest ever Jewish Olympics.
It was all a far cry from the first Maccabiah in 1932. With Israel President Mr. Shimon Peres, and the PM, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, guests of honour, the two-hour spectacle opened with 200 illuminated bicyles entering the stadium.