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Jews in Sports: Israel at the 2016 Olympics

Israel sent it's largest delegation ever to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; including 48 qualifying athletes competing in 16 events. The 2016 Olympic games mark the first time that Israel has competed in olympic golf, mountainbiking, and the triathalon event.

Israeli Judo competitor Yarden Gerbi took home the Bronze medal on August 9, 2016, in the 63kg weight class. This was Irael's first Olympic medal since 2008. Or Sasson, also an Israeli Judo competitor in the over 100kg weight class, received a bronze medal on August 12, following a controversy in which he beat an Egyptian opponent, Islam El Shehaby, who then refused to respectfully bow and shake Sasson's hand as the rules of the sport dictate. Due to his disrespectful behavior after the loss to Sasson, Shehaby was widely criticized in the media and announced that he would be leaving the sport.

Following the Olympics, swimmer Inbal Pezaro, runner Moran Samuel, and shooter Doron Shaziri won Israel three Bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.




400 meter Race: Donald Sanford
     High Jump: Dmitry Kroytor
     Marathon: Tesama Moogas, Marhu Teferi, &
     Ageze Guadie

Badminton Singles: Misha Zilberman

Cross-Country Mountain Biking: Shlomi Haimy

     Artistic: Alexander Shatilov

    -66 kg: Golan Pollack
    -73 kg: Sagi Muki
    +100 kg: Or Sasson

     Neil Pryde RS:X:
Shahar Tzuberi
     470: Dan Froyliche & Eyal Levin

Shooting: Sergey Richter

    100 meter Breaststroke: Imri Ganiel
    50 meter Freestyle: Ziv Kalontorov
    200 meter Individual Medley: Gal Nevo
    200 meter Individual Medley,
    100 meter Backstroke,
    200 meter Backstroke:
Yakov-Yan Toumarkin

Taekwondo: Ron Attias

Tennis: Dudi Sela

Triathalon: Ron Darmon

Weightlifting: Igor Olshanetskyi

Javelin Throw: Marharyta Dorozhon
     Triple Jump: Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko
     Marathon: Korlima Chemtai & Maor Tiyouri

     Individual Rythmic: Neta Rivkin
     Team Rythmic: Alona Koshevatskiy,
    Ekatarina Levina, Karina Lykhvar, Ida Mayrin,
    Yuval Filo

    -48 kg: Shira Rishony
    -56 kg: Gili Cohen
    -63 kg: Yarden Gerbi
    -70 kg: Linda Bolder

Fencing: Delila Hatuel

Golf: Laetitia Beck

    Neil Pryde RS:X:
Maayan Davidovich
   470: Nina Amir & Gil Cohen

    100 meter Breaststroke:
Amit Ivry
    50 meter Freestyle: Zohar Shikler
    50 meter Freestyle,
    100 meter Freestyle:
Andrea Murez

Synchronized Swimming Duet: Anastasia Gloushkov & Yevgeniya Tetelbaum

Bicycle Road Race: Shani Bloch

Wrestling: Ilana Kratysh

Sources: Olympic Committee of Israel; Wikipedia