Israel Readies 38 Olympic Athletes

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is hoping to send 38 athletes to compete in the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing.

On Monday, marksman Guy Starik won an honorary place by achieving a world record 600 points in a Grand Prix event last month in Munich.

The International Practical Shooting Confederation presented Starik with a place at the upcoming summer games.

Next month's competition at the Israeli Championships may add or eliminate some hopeful competitors.

Long jumper Niki Palli has to meet the 2.27-meter criteria next month at championships. Based on his phenomenal achievements in the youth category, Palli was awarded a place on the roster, but last week he only managed to score 2.10 meters.

Other Olympic hopefuls include Vika Portonov, a substitute in the rhythmic gymnastics team, who could still win a place of her own on the roster.

Roii Yalin and Michael Kalganov are awaiting a decision by the International Sailing Association.

If hurdlers Itai Magidi, Irna Lansky and Sivan Jan fare well at the Israeli Championships, they too could compete in Beijing.

Israeli athletes will compete in track and field, judo, individual, team and artistic , rhythmic gymnastics, Taekwondo, tennis, fencing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, sailing and men's windsurfing.

Source: Haaretz

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