JILLIAN SCHWARTZ 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
The first day of the 75th Israeli Athletics Championships was a frustrating one
for local athletes.
Pole vaulter Jillian Schwartz had hoped to clear 4.50
meters at Hadar Yosef Stadium in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to meet the Olympic
criteria for the 2012 London Games.
However, the 31-year-old, who made
aliya from the US in 2009 and has a personal best of 4.72m, could only jump
4.23m, failing three times at 4.34m.
“It was just a bad day really,” said
Schwartz, who has already cleared 4.50m earlier this season and is confident of
doing so once more and setting the Olympic criteria at the World Championships
in Daegu, South Korea, which get underway on August 27.
“I’m working on a
new shorter runup and I think I need more training with the timing of the
“I spoke to Alex Averbukh a bit and he is helping me. I still have
seven weeks until the World Championships and I believe it will be okay by then.
I can definitely do 4.50m with the long approach but I want to try and do it
with the short one.”
There was also mild disappointment for Yochai
Halevi, who was crowned triple jump national champion yet again and improved his
career-best by a single centimeter to 16.77m, but couldn’t leap the 16.85m he
required to qualify for the upcoming worlds.
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“I’m moving in the right
direction, and all in all this was one of my best competitions ever. So I really
can’t say that I’m disappointed,” Halevi said. “I hope I can book my place in
the worlds in the upcoming events.”
The high jump battle between teenager
Dima Kroyter and Niki Palli never materialized on Wednesday, with neither
athlete coming anywhere near to his best.
Kroyter, who set a personal
best of 2.28m earlier this year to qualify for the World Championships, could
only clear 2.16m before failing three times at 2.22m.
Palli, who has a
personal best of 2.30m, still seems to be far from fully recovering from the
injuries that have dogged his career in the past couple of years, failing to
Wednesday’s action came to an end with the 100m finals for
the men and women, with Asaf Malka and Olga Lansky defending their titles from
Malka equaled his career best of 10.59s and is hoping to
complete the sprint double on Thursday.
“The runner that wanted the win
most was the one who won,” said Malka after edging Dmitri Gluschenko at the
line. “I’m happy to defend my title and I hope to win the 200m as
With her 40-year-old mother Irina Lansky unable to win yet another
title in the 100m hurdles due to injury, Olga ensured the Lansky family had a
reason to celebrate, winning the 100m dash for a second straight year in a time
“I’m slightly disappointed with my time but I hope to improve
on it at the upcoming European junior Championships,” said Lansky, who has her
sights set on Esther Roth- Shachamarov’s ancient junior 100m record of
The championships, which are open to the public free of charge,
will continue on Thursday, with the highlight of the day expected to be the
women’s high jump final and the battle between sensation Danielle Frenkel and
main challenger Ma’ayan Foreman.
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