Kroyter’s jumps, Olympic dreams fall short
The 19-year-old needed to equal his personal best of 2.28m to be added to Israel’s delegation as an up-and-coming athlete.
Donald Sanford Photo: REUTERS
Dima Kroyter will have to wait at least four more years to realize his Olympic
dream after clearing only 2.19 meters in the high jump qualifiers at the
European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Wednesday.
19-year-old needed to equal his personal best of 2.28m to be added to Israel’s
delegation as an up-and-coming athlete, but he failed three times at 2.23m after
clearing 2.19m with his second attempt.
Earlier Wednesday, Donald
Sanford, an American who received citizenship earlier this year after marrying
an Israeli, advanced to the 400m semifinals by winning his heat in a time of
The semifinals will take place on Thursday evening and the
25-year-old will be looking to complete the course in the Olympic A standard
time of 45.30s to book his place in London. Sanford’s personal best from 2010 is
“I felt good,” said Sanford. “I tried to save energy for the end
of the race but started off a little too quickly.”
formerly Glushchenko, missed out on a place in the 100m semifinals by a single
hundredth of a second on Wednesday, clocking a time of 10.59s in the
“Considering the injury ravaged season I have experienced I can’t
really say I’m disappointed,” said Barski. “But obviously missing out by one
hundredth of a second hurts.
“It’s tough to spend all year preparing and
working so hard for a race which takes less than 11 seconds, but that is what I
have chosen to do in life and I don’t regret it.”
Ma’ayan Furman had
dreams of clearing 1.95m and reaching the London Games on Wednesday, but she
instead finished 24th and last in the women’s high jump
Furman jumped just 1.78m and only did so in her third
“I’m really disappointed,” she said. “I just can’t understand