San­ford dream­ing of gold

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

ATH­LET­ICS Don­ald San­ford looks well-placed to win a medal in next week’s Euro­pean Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Zurich af­ter run­ning an Is­raeli record of 45.53 sec­onds in Bel­gium.

Hav­ing achieved one of the fastest times in Europe this year, US-born San­ford shaved 21 hun­dreds of a sec­ond of the pre­vi­ous record in Bel­gium. His per­sonal best is 45.23 sec­onds which he achieved be­fore he re­ceived Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship af­ter mar­ry­ing his girl­friend, Daniella.

San­ford fin­ished fourth at the Euro­pean Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Hun­gary two years ago, but he failed to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals at Lon­don 2012 af­ter his run­ning shoes were stolen be­fore the heats.

Ten ath­letes will rep­re­sent Is­rael in Zurich, with San­ford the best medal prospect along with women’s triple jumper Hanna Knyazeva-Mi­nenko. She fin­ished fourth at the Olympics, rep­re­sent­ing Ukraine, and sixth at last summer’s World Cham­pi­onships af­ter mar­ry­ing an Is­raeli and tak­ing cit­i­zen­ship.

The Is­rael squad also fea­tures marathon run­ners Bav­aba Bra­hon, Yama­ha­ran Yosef, Amir Ra­mon and Zo­har Zim­ron, as well as Amro Al­mayah, Girma Amra (both 10,000m), Noam Nee­man (3,000m), and high-jumper Maayan Sha­haf.

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