THE ISRAELI delegation to upcoming the Rio Olympics poses with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem yesterday..
(photo credit: JACK BROOK)
Despite a dispiriting showing in London in 2012, Israel’s largest-ever Olympic delegation hopes to inspire the new generation of Israeli athletes in Rio this year.
The 47 athletes will be competing in 17 different sports ranging from gymnastics and judo to sailing and tennis. Israel has won 16 medals throughout its Olympic history, including a gold medal by windsurfer Gal Fridman in Athens in 2004.
The country hopes to add to this list with crowd favorites like the Israel Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, which recently won a gold medal in the Clubs and Hoops final at the 2016 European Championship in Holon, and Ziv Kalontorov, 19, who will be making his Olympic debut four years earlier than planned, among others.
Though the Olympic Games hold considerably tough competition from around the world, the Israeli team shows strong potential of reaching the podium.
The Jerusalem Post
has compiled profiles of the athletes taking place in the events. Nina Amir and Gil Cohen
Women’s 470 Team SailingRon Atias
Men’s Taekwondo (under-58 kilogram category)
Women's Road Cycling
Women’s Judo (under-70 kilogram category)Lonah Korlima Chemtai
Women’s Judo (under-52 kilogram category)
Women's RS:X SailingKeren Siebner
Women's SwimmingYarden Gerbi
Women’s Judo (under-63 kilogram category)Agaze Guadie
Men's Marathon Shlomi Haimy
Men's Mountain Biking
Israel Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
Women’s Group Rhythmic GymnasticsAmit Ivry
Women's SwimmingZiv Kalontarov
Men's Swimming Ilana Kratysh
Women’s Wrestling (under-69 kilogram category)Dmitry Kroyter
Men's High Jump
Women's Triple JumpTesama Moogas
Dan Froyliche and Eyal Levin
Men’s 470 Team SailingSagi Muki
Men’s Judo (under-73 kilogram category)Andrea Murez
Women's Swimming Gal Nevo
Men's SwimmingIgor Olshanetskyi
Men’s Weightlifting (over-105 kilogram category)Golan Pollack
Men’s Judo (under-66 kilogram category)Sergey Richter
Men's ShootingShira Rishony
Women’s Judo (under-48 kilogram category)Neta Rivkin
Women’s Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics
Men’s 400 meters
Men’s Judo (over-100 kilogram category)Dudi Sela
Men's TennisAlex Shatilov
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Women's SwimmingMarhu Teferi
Men's MarathonAnastasia Gloushkov Leventhal and Ievgenia Tetelbaum
Synchronized Swimming DuetMaor Tiyouri
Men's SwimmingMisha Zilberman
Men's BadmintonShahar Zubari
Men’s RS:X WindsurfingThe games kick off August 5th and end August 21st.