Kliger and Gal edge Olympic cham­pi­ons for bronze at worlds

The Jerusalem Post - - Sports - • By AL­LON SI­NAI

Gideon Kliger and Ehud Gal reached a new high in their ca­reer on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, win­ning the bronze medal at the sail­ing 470 Class World Cham­pi­onships in Rizhao, China.

The Is­raelis fin­ished fifth in the last race of the com­pe­ti­tion and earned the medal by a mere two points

If Kliger and Gal had fin­ished just one spot lower, they would have been over­taken in the fi­nal stand­ings by Olympic cham­pi­ons Gabrio Zan­dora and An­drea Trani of Italy, who fin­ished just out­side the medal range.

The duo be­came the first Is­raelis in 11 years to win a 470 world cham­pi­onship medal. Brothers Eran and Nir Shen­tal won the bronze in 1995.

The team’s suc­cess in China is a pos­i­tive sign ahead of the 2008 Olympics in Bei­jing. Kliger and Gal, who won the sil­ver at last year’s Euro­pean cham­pi­onships and fin­ished fifth at the world cham­pi­onships two years ago, will have gained con­fi­dence by com­pet­ing and win­ning against the world’s best teams, es­pe­cially since the com­pe­ti­tion took place in China.

Nic Asher and El­liot Wil­lis of Great Bri­tain won the gold medal, while de­fend­ing world cham­pi­ons Nathan Wil­mot and Mal­colm Page of Aus­tralia were sec­ond in the fi­nal over­all stand­ings.

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