Israeli youth team takes bridge gold

August 11, 2016 01:47

Israel claimed the gold medal at the under-15 competition in the 16th World Youth Team Bridge Championships being held in Salsomaggiore, Italy, on Tuesday.

Israel beat China in the final after edging France in the semis.

The Israel team includes Aviv Zeitak, Nir Khutorsky, Gilad Lifshitz, Gal Matatyahou, Gilad Ofir (npc), Tomer Loonstein, Danny Loonstein and Shahar Dank.

Israel won the Koc University Trophy world championship by defeating China 92 imps to 79 in the final.

“We opened a big gap but they began to close it and there was some concern,” said Israel captain Gilad Ofir. “We all hugged in excitement after our win was confirmed. The medal ceremony was very emotional, with the kids crying when Hatikva was played.”

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