Maccabiah Stars 370.
(photo credit: Maccabiah/Courtesy )
Andrea Murez of the US set a new Maccabiah record on her way to a second gold
medal in as many days in the new swimming pool at Wingate Institute on
Murez clocked a time of 2:00.63 minutes in the 200- meter
freestyle final a day after winning the 100m. free.
rival, Martina Marks of Israel, touched the wall almost four seconds after the
The Israelis swept the medals in the men’s 200m. free
final, with Alexei Konovalov winning in a time in 1:51.34m. Ido Haber came in
second (1:52.47m), edging Olympian Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or
Elsewhere, the field hockey competition continued in Ra’anana
on Monday. There are only four teams competing in the women’s event this year:
Holland, Argentina, Germany and the USA. Nevertheless, that has done nothing to
damper their enthusiasm.
Team Holland is considered the favorite to win
the gold in the Maccabiah, with field hockey being one of the most popular
sports in the country.
Sophie Klooster, 23, who was also selected to
participate in the Maccabiah’s marketing campaign as one of its presenters,
scored two goals against Germany in Holland’s 5-0 win and is proud to be playing
in Israel in what is her second Maccabiah.
“The first time I came to
Israel because my grandparents told me I should go,” she said. “I really liked
the idea of the Jewish connection, and I love connecting with other people. I
never saw most of them, but it feels we have already met
Klooster’s family has a rich sports background, with her father
playing professional ice hockey and her younger sister Teddy following in her
path and also playing for the Dutch field hockey team.
Klooster said she
has considered making aliya, but it doesn’t seem like she plans on doing so
“I thought about it but not too seriously,” she said. “But
after being here on vacation I started considering it more
In Holland everyone plays field hockey. Maybe my sister and
I will bring the game to Israel.”