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Israel Olympic & Paralympic News 2016


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Latest Israel Olympic & Paralympic News

The accomplished sharpshooter, who has won seven Paralympic medals in the past, is the second Israeli athlete to medal in the Rio 2016 Games so far; ‘I know that I’m still missing gold in my career, as long as I have the strength I’ll go on.’


After Israel had to wait just under eight years, or to be more precise, 2,991 days, for a first Olympic medal since Beijing 2008, it took just three more days for the next to follow.  Ori Sasson claimed the bronze medal in the judo men’s over- 100 kilogram competition on Friday, giving Israel two medals in a single Olympics for the first time in 12 years after fellow judoka Yarden Gerbi had ended the drought three days earlier.

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi wins bronze at Rio Olympics


Athlete is first Israeli medalist since 2008 games, second female winner in history; Netanyahu, Rivlin congratulate her: ‘Today you are our hero’

Israeli judoka defeats US rival to reach Olympic semifinals


Sagi Muki, the reigning European champion in under-73 kg class, will face Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan for spot in final

Israeli tennis champ defeats Bosnian in Olympic round 1


After 6:4, 6:4 win, Dudi Sela faces higher-ranked players, either from Belgium or Australia, in next round

Disappointing Showings for Israeli Olympians in Day One of Rio Games


Israeli gymnast Shatilov and swimmers Nevo and Ivry fail to break into finals, despite historic first appearance by female swimming team.

Lebanese Olympians ‘refuse to ride in bus with Israelis’


Israeli sailing team trainer says some Lebanese delegates tried to block Israelis from entering vehicle en route to opening ceremony

Police detonate backpack near finish line of Olympic cycling race


The boom heard near the finish line of the men’s cycling road race was a controlled explosion; officials believe the abandoned bag destroyed may have belonged to a homeless man.

Israeli Judoka Shira Rishony loses in first round


Israeli Judoka Shira Rishoni is out of the Olympics after losing her first match to Ukrainian opponent Maryna Cherniak in the women’s 48 kilogram division. Rishony was disqualified in the bout for illegally touching her opponent’s leg.

Israeli Victims of Munich Olympics Massacre Honored in Rio


‘This is an extremely emotional moment for us, one we have been waiting for since 1972,’ Yossef Romano’s widow says.

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