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Team GB pile up the gold at Maccabiah games

Zoe Harris collected a silver and a bronze in gymnastics, adding to Team Maccabi GB's impressive total

    Fencer Nick 
Lakeland became Team Maccabi GB’s first golden boy as they piled up the medals in the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

    Lakeland struck gold in the Masters foil final and then added a silver to his collection in the epee event in Acre, while team-mate Richard Bernstein also claimed a silver in the Open foil.

    Bernstein said: “ We were delighted with our medals. It was a terrific 
competition.”

    There was also silver service from gymnast Zoe Harris in the floor 
exercise and she added a second 
medal with a super performance on the 
uneven bars to earn a bronze.

    And the girls lacrosse team made history by taking silver in a tough final against the USA.

    Double silver honours went to the table tennis Masters men Jeremy Banks and Martin Schapira in the team and doubles events, with team player-boss Jeremy Banks beating an Israeli 
national player along the way.

    The junior girls table tennis duo of Jessica Abrahams and Arianna Di Giammarino also claimed a silver while their male counterparts, Zack Cantor, Sammy Kaye, Daniel Olsberg and Carl Breindel clinched a bronze.

    Junior team boss Robin Ashleigh said: “I am proud of my team. They faced some world-ranked opponents.”

    Douglas Greenston and Terry Lichkin took a bronze in the lawn bowls pairs, while in judo there were bronzes for Jonah Alfert in the junior U55kg category and Philip Bloom in the Masters 100kg.

    On the water Samuel Deutsch rowed in with a bronze in the men’s quads and Sara Black earned a bronze in the 
Jerusalem half-marathon, while Ewan 
Taylor’s 50m freestyle bronze was GB’s first individual swimming medal in 25 years.

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