Israel at the Tokyo Olympics: Archer Shanny shines, In the pool and on the mat

Jul 28, 2021 | Jews in Sports

Itay Shanny stunned the archery competition on Wednesday as the Israeli recorded two huge wins on his way to advancing to the Round of 16. Shanny defeated not only Japan’s Hiroki Muto but then also downed Tarundeep Rai from India to punch his ticket to the Round of 16 which will take place early Saturday morning.

In Judo, Li Kochman fell in the Round of 16 to the 4th ranked Lasha Bekauri from Georgia after winning his opening round bout against David Klammert.

Gal Cohen Groumi – Phot Credit: Israel Swimming Association


Over in the pool, Ron Polonsky and Gal Cohen Groumi both set personal records in the 200m Individual Medley qualification with times of 1:58:95 and 1:59:44 but did not advance to the semifinals. Yakov Toumarkin swam a 1:59:65 in the 200m Backstroke and did not qualify for the next round finishing in 28th place.

On the women’s side Andi Murez set a new Israeli record in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 54:06 but placed 22nd overall and didn’t advance to the next round. Anastasia Gorbenko had a tough time in the 200m Breaststroke, swimming 2:28:41 which wasn’t good enough to move on to the semifinals.

Katy Spychakov had a rough day in Windsurfer RS:X as she dropped out of the medal race falling from 5th place to 7th by the end of her three races. The Israeli ended in 13th place in both races 7 and 8 while in race 9 she finished in 9th as the gap increased between Spychakov and the top three.

On the Men’s side, Yoav Cohen dropped from 5th to 6th place overall but is still within striking distance of 2nd and 3rd place. Cohen got off to a good start, finishing race 7 in 6th place and race 8 in 7th place. However, race 9 saw Cohen slip to a disappointing 16th place finish.

Noya Baram/Shachar Tibi – Photo Credit: Israel Olympic Committee


Noya Baram and Shachar Tibi began their Olympic competition in the women’s Two Person Dinghy 470 as they completed races 1 and 2 in 2nd and 15th places respectively, good for 4th overall with races 3 and 4 coming up on Thursday.

Omer Shapira – Photo Credit: Israel Olympic Committee


In Women’s Cycling, Omer Shapira took part in the Time Trial event and finished in 15th place, 3:02:35 behind the goal medalist Annemiek van Vleuten from the Netherlands.

Thursday’s schedule is a busy one for the Israeli athletes!
5:00 Judo – -100kg Petr Paltchik v the winner of Grigori Minaskin/O. Lkhagvasuren Round of 32
5:00 Judo – -78kg Inbar Lanir v M. Otgon Round of 32
6:00 Sailing – Noya Baram/Shachar Tibi Women’s 470 Race 3,4
6:10 Sailing – Shay Kakon Laser Radial race 7,8
7:00 Sailing – Katy Spychakov RS:X Race 10,11,12
9:15 Sailing – Yoav Cohen RS:X Race 10,11,12
13:00 Baseball – Israel vs South Korea
13:50 Swimming – Tomer Frankel 100m Butterfly qualification
13:50 Swimming – Gal Cohen Groumi 100m Butterfly qualification
14:08 Swimming – Aviv Barzelay
14:28 Swimming – Mixed 4×100 Relay Team

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