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IRONMAN 70.3

Israel hosts its first Ironman

MORE than 2,000 amateur triathletes took part in Israel’s inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Series event on November 12 in the picturesque city of Tiberias.

Israeli Dan Alterman finished first overall in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 30 seconds, showing impressive endurance in the 1.9km swim in the Sea of ​​Galilee, 90km cycling and 21.1km race by the lake. Australian Darrin Blumenthal finished 584th in 5:58:45.

Israeli professional triathlete Antonina Reznikov was the first woman to cross the finish line, clocking 4:41:37 to finish 21st overall. The top 40 have been offered places at the world championships next year.

SOCCER

Israel bows out

ISRAELL’s men’s football team finished a disappointing third in their pool of six after their 10 qualifying matches for the European World Cup.

Denmark led the group and Israel were due to win their two remaining matches last week, and hope second-placed Scotland lose to Moldova, to advance to the final round as well, but neither scenario works out. is produced.

Despite leading Austria twice in their high-stakes game in Vienna last Friday, thanks to goals from Nir Bitton and Dor Peretz, poor defense in the last 30 minutes has helped Austria to achieve a 4-2 victory.

Israel ended on a slightly positive note, beating the Faroe Islands 3-2 on Monday in Netanya.

TENNIS

Shapovalov is getting closer

Israeli-born Canadian Denis Shapovalov ended his 2021 season with an excellent performance at the Stockholm Open.

The powerful left-hander edged compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-5 in the semifinals, before facing American Tommy Paul for the first time in the final.

At one set each, Paul managed to break Shapovalov’s serve in the eighth game of the deciding set, then serve the game to win it 6-4 2-6 6-4.

SOCCER

Swibel gets more playing time

IN his second pre-season game off the bench for new club Western Sydney Wanderers, former Sydney FC forward, 22, Jordy Swibel had a chance to score in the 94th minute of a 32nd-final game of the FFA Cup against Broadmeadow Magic in Newcastle on November 10, but his diagonal shot hit the right post.

The Wanderers won 3-0 and kick off their A-League campaign this Saturday night at CommBank Stadium when they host Sydney FC.

Another Wanderers rookie, Israeli forward Tomer Hemed, is set to start against the Sky Blues.

The Wanderers recruit Jordi Swibel. Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers

TRIATHLON

Good results at Huskisson

FOUR members of the Maccabi NSW Cycle and Tri Club posted impressive results at the “Husky” Triathlon in Jervis Bay earlier this month.

The rain made parts of the course muddy, but Norman Abel, Malcolm Kofsky, Adam Sulcas and Daniel Butt of Maccabi didn’t let that affect them.

Kofsky was second in the men’s 60-65 division with an overall time of 3:04:08.

Abel was third in the men’s 65-69 category, with a time of 2:40:05.

Butt not only competed in a 5k swim the day before, but also had an excellent time of 2:31:40 in the triathlon in the 40-44 age group.

And Sulcas, in his first triathlon in the 45-49 age group, finished in 2:51:10.

Meanwhile, the first monthly race in the Maccabi NSW 2021/22 Summer Triathlon Series will take place early December 15 at the Heffron Reserve and Pool.

To register, visit https://www.maccabicycletri.com/rsvp

FUTSAL

Hakoah goes up to the third round

HAKOAH bounced back in the third round of the short and precise Sydney Spring Futsal competition last Saturday with strong performances at all levels against “Green Machine” club Mountain Majik.

Hakoah’s men’s youth team had a daring draw, and the 15-girl team also had a draw that was achieved in the dying seconds.

Hakoah’s 14 men’s, 16 men’s and women’s teams all scored victories, while the club’s men’s team suffered a close loss, as did their 17 daughters.

They will face Quake in the next round.

Action by Hakoah (blue) against the Mountain Majik young men’s third round last Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Redevil Photography

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