Olympics

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Israeli Olympics committee perfectly formed

By Simon Griver, December 16, 2010

The Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) has published tough qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympics and is confident of bringing home several medals from London.

OCI Secretary General Efraim Zinger said: "We are going to England to win medals and, in order to win, you need tough criteria so you can concentrate limited resources on the more promising medal prospects. The criteria are the same as for Beijing and we expect about 40 Israel sportswomen and men to travel to London."

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He wants new (music) tracks for the Olympics

By Anne Joseph, December 10, 2010

Asked to consider what he thinks has been his most significant achievement as an arts benefactor, former GP Dr David Cohen pauses for a moment before choosing his answer carefully. Then, without a shred of pomposity or fanfare, he explains that he has actually just returned from the launch of New Music 20x12 - a programme designed to put new music centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. "We're doing something which I think is giving us a feeling of satisfaction," he says.

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Faith helps for 2012 London Olympics

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2010

The capital's rabbis have been called up to volunteer as Jewish chaplains for Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Games.

Jewish chaplains will be recruited for the Games to support the religious needs of athletes and visitors to the Olympic site. Many rabbis in the Redbridge community, close to the Stratford site, have already expressed interest in the positions.

Rabbi Richard Jacobi of Woodford Liberal synagogue said: "I'm certainly discussing doing it. It's important
to show our hospitality to everyone who visits for the Olympics and Paralympics.

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