Olympics

Gerbi secures bronze for Israel at Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Yarden Gerbi struggled to fight back the tears after winning the bronze medal in the Women's under-63kg competition at Rio 2016.

Ahead of the Games, the former world champion was tipped for a podium finish by Gili Lustig, secretary-general of the Olympic Committee of Israel. And she did not disappoint, winning Israel's first medal in the competition since 2008.

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Schlesinger eliminated from Judo competition in Rio

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Alice Schlesinger suffered a disappointing defeat in the second round of the Women's under-63kg Judo competition at Rio 2016.

The Team GB judoka claimed a first-round victory over Ji-Yun Bak of Korea with an ippon — the highest score possible in judo, which ends a match.

But she was unable to follow it up as she succumbed to Anicka van Emden of Netherlands in a close bout.

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Ervin strikes gold at Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

American swimmer Anthony Ervin earned the accolade for being the first Jewish gold medal.

Aged 35, Ervin made history by becoming the oldest American male swimmer to compete in an individual race at the summer Olympic Games since 1904.

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Muki misses out on medal on Day 3 of Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Sagi Muki expressed disappointment after missing out on a medal at Rio 2016.

Muki was one of Israel's top medal hopes but he failed to reach the semi-finals and was forced to settle for fifth place in the Men's U73kg Judo competition.

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de Toledo steers Team GB into Olympic final

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2016

Zoe de Toledo led Team GB to victory in their heat of the Women’s 8 rowing at the Rio Olympics in Rio. The win takes them straight to the final, which takes place on Saturday.

GB trailed early on but they crossed the line in 6:09:52 after seeing off the challenge of New Zealand and Canada.

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Rio 2016 - Day 2 review

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2016

Two of Israel's judo team experienced disappointment on Day 2 of the Rio Olympics.

Gili Cohen was defeated by Christianne Legentil of Mauritius in the second round.

There had been high hopes on the shoulders of Golan Pollack but he was eliminated by Matthews Punza of Zambia in his opening match of hte under-66kg competition.

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Sela sparkles in Olympic opener - Day One review from Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2016

Dudi Sela produced the one ray of light on a day of disappointment for Israel at the Rio Olympics.

Eliminated in the opening round at Wimbledon last month, tennis star Sela impressive in his first-ever Olympics - he is the first tennis player to represent Israel at the Olympics since 1992.

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Zubari ready to make a splash at Rio Games

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2016

Shahar Zubari admits he is desperate to put his disappointment of London 2012 behind him and light up the Olympics in Rio.

Windsurfer Zubari has experienced both ends of the Olympic spectrum. He points out that he arrived at Beijing eight years ago as an inexperienced novice and returned to Israel with a bronze medal.

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Knyazyeva-Minenko ready to impress in Rio

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2016

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko is targeting Israel’s first Olympic track and field medal in Rio.

The 26-year-old immigrant is still haunted by her fourth place finish in London when she was representing Ukraine.

She recalled: “The triple jump is 90 per cent psychological and you’ve got to be mentally strong.

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All set for the greatest show on earth

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2016

I’ve been having an outer body experience for the past few weeks, but it would be remiss of me not to post something four years to the day of my Olympic debut.

The JC offices are arguably the best place to identify an ailment – well you certainly get a little longer to diagnose your symptoms than at my GP.

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