74th athletic championships

Israeli athletics championships begin at Hadar Yosef in Tel Aviv.

311_high jump (photo credit: Ofer Byda)
311_high jump
(photo credit: Ofer Byda)
Despite the fact that there are very few world-class athletes taking part in the 74th Israeli athletics championships at Tel Aviv’s Hadar Yosef stadium, the competition promises to be as fierce as ever.
Among the highlights of the event, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, are the women’s high jump competition and the men’s long jump contest.Ma’ayan Foreman and Daniel Frenkel will not only be battling for the high-jump title, but will also be looking to improve their personal bests and qualify for the European Championships, which take place in Barcelona later this month.
Foreman holds the current Israeli record in the high-jump at 1.88 meters and needs to improve her mark by one centimeter to book her flight to Barcelona.
Frenkel’s personal best is just one centimeter shy of the Israeli record, meaning she needs to better her mark by two centimeters to compete in the Europeans.
Yochai Halevi, who has already qualified for Barcelona, will try and become the first Israeli man to reach eight meters when he competes in the long-jump.
Halevi broke Rogel Nahum’s longstanding record earlier this year, leaping to a distance of 7.99m.