(1979 - )
Udi Gal was born in Tel
Aviv on June 6, 1979.
Udi has competed with Gideon
Kliger from the very start of his international sailing career,
and the two have become a formidable pair. In 1998, they won the European
Youth Championship and created a major buzz. In 2001 they proved they
are major players on the senior circuit as well, finishing second in
the European Championship in Ireland. In 2002 and 2003 they came close
to capturing a World Championship medal but finished fourth and fifth
respectively. Another fifth place finish, and victory in a tournament
in Barcelona, placed Kliger and Gal among the favorites in Athens.
Gal and Kliger were not at their best in the first
race of the 470 model event in the 2004 Games. The duo came in 19th
with a final time of 2:33. They did better in the second race, coming
in 13th on a 2:33 performance. The Israeli's kicked off the second day
with a good performance in the third race. The twosome came in sixth,
clocking in at 1:04 in the third race. In the fourth race, they came
in 8th, clocking in at 2:32. The fifth race, held on August 17, was
Kliger and Gal's weakest yet. They finished 24th with a particularly
weak time of 7:13. The winds that had troubled the Israeli duo in the
last few races died down, and they did much better in the calmer seas.
Gal and Kliger finished fifth in their seventh race with an impressive
time of 1:04. Their 8th race was a mediocre 11th place finish (1:43)
which had led them dangerously far from the top. The Israeli team had
abandoned hope of winning a medal thanks to their performance on August
19. They sailed in the ninth and tenth races, out of eleven, and finished
23rd (7:21) and 12th (1:21) respectively. The Israeli's failed to improve
in their eleventh and final race as they placed 15th (2:16), and ranked
13th in the final reckoning.
Sources: Jews In