SPORT IN BRIEF
BASKETBALL Israel recovered from a close-fought opening game defeat to Montenegro in the Eurobasket 2015 qualifying tournament and top Group B after victories over Bulgaria and Holland.
Hampered by having to play home games in Cyprus due to the Gaza conflict, Israel struggled to beat Holland 66-57 before hammering Bulgaria 100-84 in Sofia with NBA stars Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel scoring 19 points and 16 points respectively.
Israel coach Erez Edelstein said: “Bulgaria was a tough match that could have gone either way, but we made it easy for ourselves with a strong defence and good passing.”
Israel is one of eight countries that has bid to host the finals after Ukraine was stripped of the event.
ATHLETICS Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Lia Radus, 12, recorded a near-personal best of 5:11.7 for 1,500m when second in the Eastern Young Athletes League at Bedford.
Rachel Ayrton, competing for Harrow AC, celebrated her 15th birthday by setting two personal bests in the Southern Athletics League at Hemel Hempstead. She recorded 69.4 for 400m and 87.7 for 400m hurdles, finishing second in the B event in both races.
SWIMMING The Israel men’s 4x100 freestyle relay team finished sixth in the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
David Gamburg, Tom Kremer, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Liran Konovalov set a record Israeli time of 3min 18.43 secs beating their record of 3. 18.95 secs set when finishing seventh in the semi-final.