Guide to Israel's Olympic Team: Alex Averbukh

The 33 year old pole vaulter will be competing in his final Olympics.

Averbukh 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
Averbukh 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
The 33-year-old will be competing in his final Olympics and will be looking to cap a magnificent career with another unforgettable moment. Averbukh, who will always be considered as one of Israel's greatest athletes regardless of what he achieves in Beijing, reached the final of the pole vault in both the Sydney and Athens Olympics, finishing in 10th and eighth positions, respectively. The 2002 and 2006 European champion, who came to Israel from Russia in 1999, also has a silver medal from the 2001 World Championships to his name and finished seventh in the same event last year. Averbukh hasn't competed much this year, saving himself for Beijing, but is an expert in peaking at the right time and will be aiming, at the very least, to advance to his third straight Olympic final in China.