Olympics: Kolganov to represent Israel

Michael Kolganov will represent Israel at the Beijing Olympics after all. The International Canoeing Federation notified the Olympic Committee of Israel on Thursday that a place has been the vacated in the K1 500 meter Olympic competition, meaning Kolganov will participate in his third straight Games. The 33-year-old claimed Israel's only medal at the Sydney Olympics eight years ago, a bronze in the K1 500m event. Kolganov almost became the first Israeli to claim two medals in a single Games in 2000, finishing in fourth position in the 1000m in Sydney, a race which he will also compete in at Beijing. Kolganov, who made aliya from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1995, is also a two-time K1 200m world champion (1998 and 1999) and was also a silver medallist in the 500m competition in 1998.