Israelis going for 2012 gold

November 24, 2011

The Olympic Committee of Israel has tough qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympics, but is hoping to bring between 40 and 50 athletes. The Israelis have strong competitors in windsurfing, gymnastics and judo.
Top prospects are judo champion Alice Shlesinger, tennis player Shahar Peer, gymnast Alex Shatilov and sailing team Era Sela and Gidi Klinger.


Brits funding Israeli Olympic bid

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

A coalition of British and international multi-millionaires have pledged financial support to the Israeli Olympic team, hoping success at the 2012 London Games will enhance the country's image.


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.