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In historic first, Israel’s baseball team qualifies for 2020 Olympics

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This is awesome news. Israeli athletes are thriving like never before, which is reflective of Israel’s global and economic ascension. Israel will send it’s largest ever Olympic team to Tokyo, for next year’s Summer Olympics. Improving the performance of Israeli athletes should be a national priority for the Jewish-state. That is because every victory achieved by an Israeli athlete, is a HUGE victory against the neo-Nazi BDS Movement. Shana Tova Israel!

By Israel21C, September 23, 2019:

After beating South Africa 11-1 yesterday, Israel’s baseball team has gone through to the 2020 summer games in Tokyo.

In historic first, Israel’s baseball team qualifies for 2020 Olympics

Israel has qualified for next summer’s Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo, after routing South Africa in an 11-1 win in Italy yesterday.

The Israeli baseball team will be one of six teams to take part in next year’s Olympic baseball tournament. It went through to the tournament after beating the Netherlands on Thursday, Italy on Friday, and South Africa on Sunday in the six-team Europe/Africa Olympic qualifying tournament.

It will be the first time an Israeli team has taken part in the Olympics Baseball tournament, and in fact only the second time that Israel has taken part in a team sport at the Olympics since the national soccer team competed in the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

The Israeli team is a mix of homegrown talent from Israel with Jewish-American college players and some pros, who have taken on Israeli citizenship. Pros include Jeremy Wolf, 25 and Danny Valencia, 34.

 

Israeli windsurfer wins silver at world championship

ISRAELI WINDSURFER WINS SILVER AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Spychakov, 20, got to the finish line third, but was able to pass the Dutch Lilian de Geus by two points, and beat her to the silver medal.

By Jerusalem Post, September 28, 2019:

Katy Spychakov won the silver medal Saturday afternoon in the world championships being held in picturesque Lake Garda, Italy.
Spychakov, 20,  the leader of the women’s national RS:X team started the final race at third place, with a realistic shot at placing on the podium.

Spychakov, got to the finish line third, able to pass the Dutch Lilian de Geus by two points, beating her to the silver medal. The gold went to Chinese Yunxiu Lu, who was able to maintain her lead in the final race. This is the first world championship medal for Israel since surfer Maayan Davidovich’s medal back in 2014.

With this medal, Spychakov all but assures her becoming the Israeli representative for the next Olympic games, by far outpacing Israel’s other 3 competitors. In fact, the only scenario in which Spychakov isn’t the next representative for Israel is if Noy Drihen, Maya Morris or Noga Geller wins a gold medal in the next world championship, held later this year.

Israeli Linoy Ashram, Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, 2018

ISRAELI GYMNAST LINOY ASHRAM WINS FOUR MEDALS AT WORLD CUP IN MINSK

The athlete came out on top with the hoops, second with the clubs and took the bronze in the balls discipline and the individual all-around.

By Jerusalem Post, August 20, 2019:

Rishon Lezion-born rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram was awarded one gold medal, one silver and two bronze at the World Challenge Cup, which took place on August 16-18 in Minsk, Belarus. Ashram, 20, came out on top with the hoops, second with the clubs and took the bronze in the balls discipline and in the individual all-around.

She began training as a rhythmic gymnast when she was seven, and took part in her first international event as a 12-year-old. In 2017, she was the first-ever Israeli gymnast to win a medal in the all-around competition at the World Championships.
The 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on September 16-22.

For Ashram, the competition will mark a new opportunity to improve her already impressive record, ahead of the moment that everyone is waiting for, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sagi Muki of Israel reacts after defeating Matthias Casse of Belgium during a men's -81 kilogram final of the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Israel’s Sagi Muki takes gold at judo world championships

Muki defeats Belgian opponent to become first male Israeli world champion; at semifinal, Egyptian contestant refuses to shake his hand

By TOI, August 28, 2019:

Israeli judoka Sagi Muki was named world champion Wednesday, taking the gold medal at the World Judo Championship finals in Tokyo, Japan, and becoming the first male Israeli athlete to receive the top prize.

Muki claimed the gold after defeating Belgium’s Matthias Casse in the finals of the men’s under-81 kilogram weight class.

An emotional Muki fell to the ground after winning, then got up and spread his arms wide to cheers from the audience.

The middleweight champion reached the finals after narrowly defeating Egyptian opponent Mohamed Abdelaal, who refused to shake his hand at the end of their match (echoing another Egyptian judoka’s actions when losing to Israel’s Ori Sasson at the Rio Olympics in 2016). “I’m sorry” that Abdelaal refused, said Muki. “I’m pleased that I was able to show the beautiful face of Israel.”

Road racing cyclist Omer Shapira wins spot for Israel in Tokyo Olympics

By TOI, September 25, 2019:

Road racing cyclist Omer Shapira on Tuesday guaranteed Israel a place at the women’s time trial contest in next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Shapira, 25, the national Israeli champion, finished 13th of 53 competitors at the world championship in Britain, completing the 30.3-kilometer (18.8-mile) track in 46 minutes and 41 seconds.

The achievement comes as Israeli athletes are on a roll, with the country’s baseball team qualifying for the first time and rhythmic gymnasts Linoy Ashram and Nicol Zelikman also making the Olympics. Ashram, who won six medals at the world championship, is seen as a top candidate for an Israeli Olympic medal.

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