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50 years after the massacre of the athletes: the European Athletics Championships kick off in Munich Israel today


With one of the highest quality delegations in recent years and the great fitness of the Israeli athletes, one can dream of returning to Israel with medals • Seven focal points that are worth paying attention to

We have not yet had time to recover from the busy summer in athletics, which started with the European Under-18 Championships in Jerusalem and continued with the fascinating World Championships in the USA until the last one, in the Under-20 World Championships - and already today (Monday) we will receive the European Athletics Championships, which will open in Munich.

15 Israeli athletes will arrive in the German city that evokes quite a few bad memories, with the murder 50 years ago of 11 members of the Israeli delegation during the Olympic Games, and they will want to cherish their memory and continue the positive momentum in which the sport is found.

To date, Israel has obtained five medals at the European Athletics Championships - most recently in 2018 in Berlin, Luna Chemtai Salpeter did so in the 10,000 meter run;

In Amsterdam in 2016, Hana Minenko took the bronze in the triple jump;

In Zurich in 2014, Sanford Bard won bronze in the 400 meters and the European Championships;

And two of them belong to pole vaulter Alex Aberbuch, who won gold in 2002 and 2006.

With the quality of the delegation and the fitness of its members, on a good day, it will be possible to double the amount this time.

Marathon (15.8, women 11:30 and men 12:30)

One of the competitions in which Israel can return with a place on the podium is the marathon.

Maro Tapari did return from the World Championship with the 11th place and it is necessary to see how he recovered in such a short time, but when he is ranked with the second best result this year in Europe, he will try to go for the whole pot.

In the team competition, the team also has a chance to stand on the podium, when in addition to Tepri, Girma Amra, Yamar Gethon, Bocayo Melda, Geshao Ayala and Omar Ramon will also participate, when the times of the first three will be perfected together and thus the state ranking will be determined, with the medal awarded to all runners.

For the women, Chemtai Salpeter, bronze medalist from the World Championships, will not take part in this run this time, and the only one who will participate will be Maor Tiori.


run 10 km,

200 meters men (18.8, semi-final 21:13. 19.8, final 22:20)

Blessing Afripa stunned everyone ten days ago, when he won the 200 meters at the Under-20 World Championship in Colombia, while setting the third best result of all time for his age with 19.96 seconds, thus putting a spotlight on him, as someone who can also do it in the major continental competition.

10,000 meters for women (15.8, final 22:48), men (21.8 final 21:00)

As mentioned, after the huge achievement in the World Championship, Chemtai Salpeter will run "only" 10,000 meters on the track, when she comes to defend her title from 4 years ago.

The task will not be easy, certainly after such an intense month and rivals who will try to spoil the celebration.

But Luna like Luna, will try to overcome everything and bring a second gold in a row.

In the same run, Slamvit will also participate in Ioline Tepri, whose competition for the half distance is also waiting (18.8, direct final 22:25).

Tedsa Gethon, who is making his debut in the European Championship, will take part in the men's competition, with his goal being to drop below 28 minutes and be in the top half of the 32 participants.

Men's high jump (16.8, preliminaries 19:35. 18.8, finals 21:05)

Yonatan Kapitolnik proved that he successfully made the transition to the seniors, when he reached the final of the world championships while setting 2.28 meters, just 2 cm from his personal best. If he repeats his result of the year and safely passes the qualifiers, he can screw high.

Yonatan Kapitolnik, at the last Diamond League competition, photo: AP

100 meters women (16.8, semi-finals 21:35, final 23:25)

Israel's record holder Diana Weissman may have hoped to reach the later stages of the World Championship, but a few days before its opening she was infected with Corona, which disrupted her preparations.

She comes to Munich with an impressive result this season of 11.06 seconds, which she achieved in a competition in Switzerland, while she beats the Dutch Dafna Schippers - the former European champion.

If you manage to achieve the same time, you can fantasize about advancing to the final.

Diana Weissman,

Women's triple jump (17.8, preliminaries 13:35. 19.8, finals 21:55)

After not being able to get her place in the final of the World Championship, Hana Minenko will try to fix it in the current championship.

The talented jumper, who has previously achieved her place on the podium, set 14.47 meters this year - a great distance that can undoubtedly do the job and give her a place in the finals.

Hana Minenko,

3,000 meter steeplechase women (18.8, prelims 10:20. 20.8, final 23:13)

Adva Cohen fondly remembers the previous European Championship, when she clocked 9:29.74 minutes and ranked fifth, the best achievement of her career.

In the World Championship she was far from her peak.

She will try to take her place in the finals, and then the sky is the limit for her.

The chairman of the union Ami Baran said: "We come with the Israeli flag and a raised head."

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Source: israelhayom

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