At last, an Is­raeli rows at Hen­ley

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

A CHAM­PION rower is to be­come the first Is­raeli to com­pete in the Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta.

Dani Frid­man, 26, was due to take part in the Di­a­mond Sculls race on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a spe­cial re­quest from re­gatta chair Mike Sweeney.

Mr Frid­man said: “It is a dream come true. Mr Sweeney saw me in ac­tion at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship where I came sixth. The re­gatta is one of the most well re­garded row­ing com­peti- tions in the world and to be the only Is­raeli tak­ing part makes me very proud.

“To be asked is a big thing. It means they re­gard you as one of the best.”

The Di­a­mond Chal­lenge is a 2000m event on the Thames. It first took place in 1844. Mr Frid­man will race against 14 oth­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries for a ti­tle won by Sir Steve Red­grave in 1985.

He said: “I d o n ’ t w a n t t o come all this way to lose. I’m very ex­cited to be in Eng­land. I love the cul­ture be­hind the race. It’s royal and very Bri­tish.”

Mr Frid­man learned to row at 16 dur­ing a trip to the sea of Galilee.

PHOTO: THE DANIEL ROW­ING CEN­TRE

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