SPORT IN BRIEF
SKATING Alexei Bychenko became the first Israeli to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea by finishing 10th in the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki. His performance also entitles Israel to send a second person, which will probably be World Youth Figure skating champion Daniel Samohin.
FOOTBALL Ben Sahar scored the only goal from the penalty spot as Hapoel Beer Sheva beat closest rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 to move six points clear at the top of Ligat Ha’Al and take a giant stride towards achieving back-to-back league titles.
ATHLETICS Steve Solomon won Australian 400m title for the fifth consecutive year.