There was fantastic drama in Petah Tikva Wednesday, when Alice Shlesinger, Israel's great Judo hope for the coming years, beat Argentina's world champion judoka Danleilla Krakover. Krakover left Israel several years ago after Israeli coaches lost faith in her, and represented Argentina in the Athens Olympics last year.
In other Judo news, Arik Zeevi won the gold medal in the 100kg division, beating Nogzari Modzgrshvili in less than two minutes.
Other winners included Gal Yekutiel (60kg division), Tzvika Shafran (66kg), Avishar Sheiman (81kg), and Alon Sasson (90kg).
Female winners included Natalia Heranovska (52kg) and Michal Feintblatt (57kg).
Track and field
In a dramatic 800 meter race between an American who grew up in Beer Sheva and an Australian survivor of the 1997 bridge disaster, Cleveland's Ofer Bar-Niv (23) beat Melbourne's Jack (Zacharia) Ashkenazi, 1:51:80-1:51:99.
Niv is expected to make aliya in the near future, and will become one of Israel's fastest runners, having recently set personal best times in the 800 meters (1:50:82) and the 1,500 meters (3:44)
Irina Lansky, one of Israel's top female athletes, failed to show up to receive her silver medal for the 200 meters, having lost to the fastest Jewish female runner in the world, Masha Ankina, 24.74-25.63.