Olympics

Olympic dream come true

August 4, 2016

The big day has finally arrived. Airport-bound from London to Rio with my microphone in hand. I have the nerves and excitement of an athlete about to compete in the Olympics, but for me reporting on this is an equal dream.

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Olympic gold is up for grabs, says Fox

By Darren Witcoop, August 4, 2016

JESSICA FOX knows she can no longer slip under the Olympic radar.

Four years ago the Australian produced one of the surprises of the 2012 London Games as the teenager paddled to silver in the K1 event, outgunning all but one of her more experienced rivals.

Now 22, Fox has the weight of expectation as one of Australia’s top medal prospects.

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Israel won’t get stage fright at Olympics, says Lustig

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2016

Gili Lustig is determined to see Israel create a new generation of heroes as they aim to make history at the Rio Olympics.

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Bloch confident of success ahead of Rio 2016

By Stan Rose, August 2, 2016

Shani Bloch was “very calm” as she prepared to leave for Rio from her home in Scotland to become Israel’s first Olympic cyclist.

She completed her preparations with a solid performance at the seven-stage elite “Internationale Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen” event in Gotha- Gera in Germany, where she lined up against several Olympic rivals.

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I have nothing to prove at Olympics, says Sela

By Laura Stadler, August 2, 2016

Dudi Sela insists he has nothing to prove ahead of his first Olympic Games.

Sela, 31, missed the cut for the last two Olympics, including a well-publicised falling out with Israeli officials ahead of the London Games four years ago. But he is confident of impressing in Rio next month.

"I don’t really feel I have to prove myself any more in Brazil,” said Sela.

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Raisman ready to win more medals in Rio

By Darren Witcoop, August 2, 2016

ALY Raisman insists age will be no problem as she looks to defend her gymnastics titles at the Rio Olympics.

Aged 22, it is remarkable that Raisman will be the oldest American gymnast to compete at the Olympics since 2004.

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Americans dreaming of sevens heaven in Rio

By Darren Witcoop, July 22, 2016

ZACH TEST is proud to be making history when the Rugby Sevens returns to the Olympics after a 92-year absence.

But Test should not be competing for USA in Rio. In fact, he probably should not be taking to the field at all.

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Israel to send record delegation to Rio 2016

By Simon Griver, June 3, 2016

Israeli officials have confirmed that the delegation will send its largest-ever squad to an Olympic Games this summer.

The group competing in Rio will surpass the 37 athletes who represented Israel across eight sports at the London 2012 games, as well as the 43 representatives in 11 sports that competed in Beijing four years earlier.

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Nevo secures silver at European Swimming Championships

May 19, 2016

Olympic-bound Gal Nevo claimed silver at the European Swimming Championships in London.

Nevo, who has already qualified for Rio 2016, touched home in 1:59:69 after a strong finish in the 200m individual medley final.

The 28-year-old Israel is also scheduled to compete in the 400m IM later this week.

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Joy for Israel at Gymnastics World Cup

By Simon Griver, March 3, 2016

Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team won a gold and two silver medals at the World Cup in Espoo, Finland.

Yuval Filo, Alona Koshevatskiy, Ekaterina Levina, Karina Lykhvar and Ida Mayrin won gold in the hoops and clubs competition and silver in both the all-round and ribbons events.

The previous week the team had won two bronze medals in the Moscow Grand Prix.

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