Zinger reveals 2012 medal hopes

By James Martin, October 6, 2011

The head of Israel's National Olympic Committee is hoping his squad for London 2012 will produce the first female medallist for 20 years.

Efraim Zinger is also targeting a medal in a sport other than windsurfing or judo for the first time.

Zinger, a former Jewish Agency emissary to Boston, has headed the committee since 1995.


Wonder kids are flying the flag

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2011

The array of talent lining up at Sunday's Maccabi GB Sports Awards is quite staggering.


Maccabi on board for Olympics

August 11, 2011

Maccabi GB has become the first charity in the Jewish community to be granted the Inspire Mark - the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme - for their sports tournaments and clubs.

The programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralymp


Olympic call

By David Gold, August 4, 2011

Two more Israelis have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games after excelling at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

Teenager Yakov Toumarkin, the European Junior Gold medallist, broke the Israeli record in the 200m backstroke. Gal Nevo also secured his berth in the 200m individual medley.

Meanwhile, Adam Warner finished runner-up at the annual pier to pier race in Brighton.


Confident Goodman on the up

By Brian Sacks, August 4, 2011

Richard Goodman, 18, trimmed his 1,500m PB to 3:45.66 in the qualifying round at the Aviva Senior World Trials in Birmingham.

His performance demonstrated his renewed confidence and raised him to fourth in the UK Under 20 rankings for the distance.

Goodman said: "Although, as the fastest non-qualifier, I just missed out on the final, I wasn't disappointed at all in my performance.


I can go all the way, says Paris

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2011

Josh Paris enjoyed his first taste of Olympic competition where he rubbed shoulders with 3,000 elite teenagers from 48 European countries in Turkey this week.

A member of Team GB's 64-man squad, Paris, 15, was selected as one of only two boys in the GB's four-man tennis team at the 11th European Youth Olympics in Trazbon.

Having breezed through the first round of the Boys singles, Paris, car


Bar-Or on track for 2012 Olympics

By David Gold, July 26, 2011

Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, becoming the first Israeli to meet the criteria set for qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Bronze for Olympic hopefuls Kliger and Sela

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2011

Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela took bronze at the European Championships in Helsinki.

The duo, who have ambitions of taking gold in London next year, won silver in the 470 Class in 2010, but could only manage a third place this time around.


Double joy for Israel

June 2, 2011

Israel's Arik Ze'evi and Neta Rivkin have boosted their hopes of participating in next year's Olympic Games in London.

Ze'evi, 34, took gold at judo's Moscow Grand Slam with a victory in the under-100kg competition.

There was controversy in the quarter-finals when, after defeating Ramadan Darwesh, the Egyptian refused to shake Ze'evi's hand.


Nyman on track for 2016 Olympic squad

February 10, 2011

Lara Nyman has been identified as one of three British sportswomen as potential cycling contenders for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Nyman, 18, was recognised by Paul Manning, who collected a full set of Olympic cycling medals with the men's team pursuit between 2000 and 2008.