Israel Olympic Update: Awesome Athletics performances for Israel, historic moment in Judo

Jul 30, 2021 | Jews in Sports

In the Women’s 5000m Selamawit Teferi not only set an Israeli record running 14:53.43 but also punched her ticket to the final of the event which is slated to take place on Monday at 3:40pm Israel time. Teferi began slow over the first half of the race but picked up the pace over the final 2000m to finish 8th in Heat 1 which was good enough to advance to the coveted final round as none of the runners in Heat 2 were able to top the Israeli’s time. The 27-year old who was born in Ethiopia married Marhu Teferi who will be participating in the Men’s Marathon and are the first ever blue-and-white married couple taking part in an Olympics Games. Following Monday’s final, Selamawit will prepare for the 10,000m which will be run next Saturday.

Hanna Minenko – Photo Credit: Personal Facebook


Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko also booked her place in a final when she put up a distance of 14.36 in the Triple Jump marking the third time that the Ukrainian native will participate in the decisive round at the Olympic Games. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Minenko finished in 5th place with a jump of 14.68 while in 2012 when she was still representing Ukraine a distance of 14.56 was good enough for 4th place just shy of a bronze medal. The final round will take place on Sunday at 2:15pm Israel time as the 31-year old will look to finally reach the podium.

In the 100m Diana Vaisman ran a 11.27 good for 4th in her heat and 23rd overall, however only the top 3 runners in each one of the seven heats plus the best 3 times after that advance. Unfortunately for the Israeli, a number of runners in the top three of their respective heats ran slower than the 23-year old but due to the rules Vaisman came up just short in joining Teferi and Minenko in a final.

Raz Hersh and Tahani Alqatani – Photo Credit: Israel Olympic Committee


On the Judo mat 2016 Rio Games Bronze medalist in +100kg Ori Sasson succumbed to 2-time Olympic Gold medalist Teddy Riner in his first bout of the competition via Waza-Ari. Over in the Women’s competition, Raz Hershko defeated Tahani Alqahtani from Saudi Arabia in her first bout but fell to Japan’s Akira Sone in the Round of 16.

Aviv Barzelay – Israel Olympic Committee


Over in the pool Aviv Barzelay swam in the semifinals of the Women’s 200m Backstroke but her time of 2:12.93 was only good enough for 15th place and didn’t advance to the finals. Andi Murez took part in the Women’s 50m Freestyle but her time of 25.48 landed her in 30th place and wasn’t good enough to move on to the next round. Meiron Cheruti just missed out of moving on in the Men’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 22.01, falling just .04 short of advancing to the semifinals.

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


Noya Baram and Schachar Tibi continued competing in Women’s Two Person Dinghy 470 and finished both race 5 and 6 in 11th place dropping them to 8th place overall in the competition. Shay Kakon also was in action in Laser Radial race 9 and 10 and had an exceptional day finishing in 2nd and 5th respectively to move up to 30th place overall.

Photo Credit: Israel Olympic Committee


Israel fell to the United States 8-1 in baseball as they record dropped to 0-2 in Olympic competition.

Schedule for Saturday July 31
3:43 Archery – Itay Shanny Round of 16
5:00 Judo – Team
5:43 Swimming – Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay Final
8:33 Women’s RS:X – Katy Spychakov
9:33 Men’s – Yoav Cohen

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