The marathoners celebrated in Munich: "It's sweet to win here 50 years after the massacre"
The anthem was played in Germany after the team gold at the European Championships.
Tafri: "We remember what happened here."
Ayala: "I worked so much"
Monday, August 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m
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Voice of hope at the end of the European Championship marathon, in which the Israeli team won the gold medal (courtesy of the Athletics Association)
A wonderful achievement for Israeli athletics on German soil.
As part of the marathon held today (Monday) at the European Championships in Munich, Israel won the gold medal in the team competition while two competitors made it onto the podium in the individual competition.
Maru Tafari, who led until the last meters of the run and lost first place, finished second and won the silver medal, while Geshau Ayala joined him on the podium with the bronze medal.
In less than a month, Israeli sports will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre of the 11 athletes in Munich, so the significance of the Israelis' achievement only intensifies. The national anthem, "Hope", was played after the distribution of the team medals to Israel, which won the gold. Watch the video above from the medal distribution ceremony.
A huge achievement.
Tapri (Photo: Official website, Athletics Association)
Maro Tefri, who was just a few seconds away from becoming the European champion personally, said after the huge personal and team achievement: "There is nothing happier than me, we remember what happened 50 years ago here in Germany, there is nothing happier than coming here and hearing the hope."
Bronze medalist Geshau Ayala added: "Winning a medal and waving the Israeli flag 50 years after what happened here is so sweet. The personal medal? I worked so hard for it, I came with an open mind, I flowed with the run and it worked."
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