(1980 - )
Gideon Kliger was born on March 30, 1980, in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Kliger and Udi
Gal made quite a splash in the sailing world with their 1998 victory
at the European Youth Championship. In 2001 they narrowly missed out
on the gold in the senior European Championship held in Ireland and
came in second. In 2002 they came in fifth in the World Championship,
in 2003 they finished fourth and this year it was fifth again as they
continued to chase that elusive World Championship medal. Gidi and Udi
won the prestigious Barcelona meet in 2004 but have suffered a series
of setbacks in the last few weeks before the Olympics.
Kliger and Gal did not get of to an optimal start in the 2004 Athens Games. The duo
finished 19th in the first race on August 14, with a final time of 2:33.
The second race was of higher quality for the Israeli team, but still
not up to their usual standards. A final time of 2:33 was enough for
a 13th place finish. Kliger and Gal finished the first day ranked 17th
in the event. The first race of August 15 was kinder on the Israeli's
as they came in sixth on a 1:04 performance. They were at the back of
the pack at the start but made their way to sixth place halfway through
the race and never relented. The duo finished 8th in the fourth race,
with 2:32. Kliger and Gal were 6th at in the early stages but fell back.
Their fifth race, held on August 17, consisted of a lackluster 7:13
time as they finished 24th. Race seven was launched after the fierce
winds troubling the Athens sailing events had calmed and the Israeli's
responded with a fifth place finish and a good time (1:04). Their 8th
race was a mediocre 11th place finish (1:43) which led them dangerously
far from the top. Kliger and Gal had lost all hope of a medal with their
performance in races nine and ten held on August 19. They finished 23rd
(7:21) and 12th (1:21) and 15th in the eleventh and final race (2:16).
The duo ranked 13th in the final reckoning and a disappointed Kliger
said: “We have a long time now to decide whether to continue sailing
Sources: Jews In