Swimming

Lezak gold

January 20, 2011

Olympic champion Jason Lezak started his preparations for this summer's World Championships in Shanghai by winning gold at the Austin Grand Prix.

Maccabiah gold medallist Lezak edged home ahead of national teammate Josh Schneider in the men's 50m free. Lezak won by just two one-hundredths for the win in 22.57. Schneider was second in 22.59.

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Nevo the pick of the bunch in Dubai

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Gal Nevo posted the best performance by an Israeli at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Dubai.

Nevo, 23, finished seventh in the 400 metres medley in a record 4:05.26. He went on to set a new Israeli record despite finishing 23rd in the 200 meters butterfly.

The competition saw Israel overcome diplomatic obstacles to compete successfully thanks to the intervention of IOC executive member Alex Gilady. However, although the Israeli flag flew in the UAE, there was disappointment during the opening ceremony when the MC announced Israel as I.S.R.

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Second best for Warner

October 7, 2010

Adam Warner ended the South East Region Open Water Championship series in style, with a second place finish in the Southsea 3K and an overall position of first in the 17-24 years old age group.

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Two bronze medals for Israeli swimmers

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010

Israel won two bronze medals in the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Guy Barnea finished third in the 50 metres backstroke and Gal Nevo took bronze in the 400 meters medley. These were the first medals won by Israeli swimmers since Yoav Gat won bronze in the 200 metres backstroke in 2000.

Barnea’s medal in a time of 25.04 seconds came as a huge surprise. The 22-year-old has performed poorly in recent months and earlier in the week could only reach the semi-finals of the 100 meters backstroke, which is considered his stronger distance.

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Halter takes five golds at Middlesex Masters

June 17, 2010

Susan Halter won five gold medals at the Middlesex Masters Championship at Southbury Leisure Centre in Enfield.

Competing in the 80-84 year age group, Halter won the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle to help Camden Swiss Cottage come home first in two relays.

Halter, a former Olympian, will next be in action at the British Masters Championships in Glasgow on June 20.

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Manchester pupil is swimming champ

May 27, 2010

Sam Green - a year 5 pupil at King David Junior School - claimed two golds at the Manchester Primary Schools Swimming Finals at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Green came home first in the 25 metres breaststroke and freestyle. Both events were strongly contested with Green winning his heats and final in personal best times.

Despite the excitement of his medals Green was upset that he could not compete with his friend and fellow swimmer Daniel Moss who fractured his arm 48 hours before the event.

Year 6 pupil Alanna Edwards took silver in the backstroke.

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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Maccabi sink in water polo final

November 12, 2009

After a dazzling run that saw them brush aside the best teams in London, Maccabi Water Polo UK met a watery end in a thrilling final of the London League Referee's Cup.

Four goals from former British national player James Kattan kept Maccabi in the running until the very last quarter. But ultimately, they were unable to secure victory against a strong Bexley in Croydon.

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Benaim makes a splash in Israel

By Brian Sacks, October 1, 2009

Reut Benaim, 15, triumphed in the Israeli National Championships in Netanya, winning six golds and a silver, and an award for the best age-15 swimmer overall.

Her individual gold medals all came in age-15 events in her preferred stroke, the butterfly. She recorded winning times of 28.8s for 50m, 1:04.04 for 100m and 2:26 for 200m - the 50m time setting a ‘long course’ (50m pool) Swiss Cottage and Camden Club record. Benaim then switched strokes to come fifth in 28.6s in the age-15 50m freestyle.

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Swim pair are a civic splash hit

April 2, 2009

Sisters who raised over £23,000 for charities by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel at a Borehamwood pool were among those honoured for their contributions to the community at Hertsmere Council’s civic dinner on Saturday.

Dani Jacobson arranged the swim to mark her batmitzvah — and to thank organisations which had supported her elder sister Talya, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Dani was subsequently invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden party to mark Blue Peter’s 50th birthday where she met the Queen and received a jubilee edition of the famous Blue Peter badge.

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