Israel wins 3rd medal in Singapore

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August 19, 2010 23:32

Fanny Beisaron finished first in the triathlon team competition.

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Singapore Youth Olympics logo.

58_Singapore Youth Olympics logo. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Fanny Beisaron claimed Israel’s third medal of the Youth Olympics in Singapore on Thursday, finishing first in the triathlon team competition.

Beisaron, who came sixth in the women’s event on Sunday, raced the final leg for the Europe 1 team and helped it edge Oceania 1 for the gold medal.

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The 18-year-old follows in the footsteps of Gili Haimovitz, who claimed Israel’s first gold medal at the inaugural Youth Olympics in the taekwondo under-48 kilogram competition, and Yakov Toumarkin, who took a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in Singapore.

Teams made up of two boys and two girls from the same continent completed a mini-triathlon of a 250- meter swim, 7-kilometer bike ride and 1.7-kilometer run before tagging a teammate to start the next leg.

The Europe 1 team of Alois Knabl of Austria, Hungary’s Eszter Dudas, Miguel Valente Fernandes of Portugal and Beisaron finished the relay in 1 hour 19 minutes 51 seconds, just four seconds ahead of Oceania.

Team triathlon is one of several formats the International Olympic Committee is debuting at the Youth Games in Singapore, along with half-court 3-on-3 basketball, mixed swimming relays and BMX biking. IOC President Jacques Rogge, who watched the team triathlon competition, said organizers haven’t decided yet whether the new format will be used at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Israel advanced on Thursday to the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, after thrashing Turkey 32-19.

AP contributed to this report.


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