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Summer Olympics

Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar wins a second gold and sets another world record at Tokyo Paralympics

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar continued his historic Paralympics on Sunday, winning another gold medal and breaking his own world record.

Malyar won the 400-meter freestyle race in the S7 category, days after winning gold in the men’s 200-meter individual medley in the SM7 category. He set a new world record in that race, too.

Malyar, 21, completed Sunday’s race in 4:31.06, two seconds better than...

Israeli-Arab swimmer wins gold at Tokyo Paralympics, makes history

(JTA) — On the first day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, swimmer Iyad Shalabi made history: He became the first Israeli-Arab athlete to win a medal in the Olympics or Paralympics.

Shalabi, 34, won gold Tuesday in the 100-meter backstroke in the S1 division in a time of 2 minutes, 28 seconds. Paralympic sports have a wide range of classifications; S1 denotes severe activity limitations.

“My heart was pounding,” Shalabi’s father, Yusuf Shelby, told...

Ezra Frech, Moran Samuel, Shraga Weinberg and more: 11 Jewish Paralympics athletes to watch

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Weeks after the Olympics came to a close, Tokyo is filled again with athletes, for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Among them are dozens of Jewish athletes looking to medal in an array of sports.

The Paralympics, founded by the late German-Jewish doctor Ludwig Guttman, are for athletes with physical disabilities. Some 4,500 athletes are set to compete in 539 events in the 16th Paralympics, which...

Gymnast Linoy Ashram wins Israel’s 3rd Olympic gold medal, over a Russian appeal

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Linoy Ashram won the gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics contest at the Tokyo Olympics Saturday, narrowly beating out her Russian competitor to become the first Israeli woman to win an Olympic gold medal. The medal was Israel’s second gold at the Tokyo games and third in any Olympic contest.

Ashram’s winning score, just .15 of a point over that of her Russian competitor, Dina Averina,...

Linoy Ashram wraps up gold medal with impressive showing in Womens Rhythmic Gymnastics

(TOKYO) – Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram captured a gold medal for Womens Rhythmic Gymnastics, becoming the first Israeli woman in Olympic history to win a gold medal.

Ashram, predicted a favorite to win at the Tokyo Olympics, stunned the crowd with first place finishes in clubs, hoops and ball competition. Her winning score of 107.80 edged out Dina Averina, a three-time world champion from Russia with 107.65. Arlina Harnasko of...

American Jewish athlete Alix Klineman wins beach volleyball gold in Tokyo Olympics

(JTA) — After failing to make the indoor volleyball team for the 2016 Olympics, Alix Klineman decided she would switch her sport to beach volleyball. She explained, “I looked at the beach as a new opportunity and a chance to chase my dreams without anybody having to give me approval or put me on a roster.”

The decision has paid off: At her first-ever Olympics in Tokyo, the Jewish athlete took...

Israel’s judo team wins bronze medal in Olympics mixed team competition

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Israel’s top judokas failed to medal in their individual competitions, but as a team, they came together to take home a bronze medal.

“Everyone had a week that was very disappointing on a personal level, but something about this special day led to everyone giving a little more for the team, and that’s what made the difference,” judoka Peter Paltchik said. “We were eulogized too...

Artem Dolgopyat wins gymnastics gold for Israel, its second ever in an Olympics

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Israeli men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat took home the Olympic gold medal in floor exercise Sunday, giving Israel its second-ever gold in any Olympic event.

Born in Dnipro, Ukraine, Dolgopyat moved with his family to Israel when he was 12 and began training at Maccabi Tel Aviv, an acclaimed sports club that has produced multiple Olympians. The Associated Press had predicted that he would win gold at the...

Top Israeli judokas fail to medal at Tokyo Olympics

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — Team Israel won’t be repeating its Olympics success in judo from 2016, when two of its judokas won bronze medals in Rio.

In Tokyo this summer, there will be no individual medals in a sport in which Israel has won five of the nation’s 10 total Olympic medals.

Or “Ori” Sasson, the 2016 men’s heavyweight bronze medalist, lost in the round of 16. So did...

These Jewish athletes have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — The Jewish highlights of the Tokyo Olympics kicked off with Jewish basketball superstar Sue Bird serving as one of Team USA’s two flag bearers at the opening ceremony, a huge honor.

The lasting accolades, though, are the medals that winning athletes take home. Dozens of Jewish athletes are competing in the Games this year, but the fierce competition means that only some will enter the...