Hanna up for Lon­don chal­lenge

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

ATH­LET­ICS TRIPLE jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Mi­nenko is the top medal hope of the six ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Is­rael in the World Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships, which open in Lon­don to­day.

Mi­nenko will be hop­ing to go one bet­ter than the sil­ver medal she won two years ago in Bei­jing with a leap of 14.49m, one year af­ter emi­grat­ing to Is­rael from Ukraine.

She last ap­peared at the Lon­don Sta­dium at the 2012 Olympics when she suf­fered the dis­ap­point­ment of a fourth place fin­ish with a jump of 14.56m when rep­re­sent­ing Ukraine. She fin­ished fifth at the Rio Olympics last year with an ef­fort of 14.68m.

Mi­nenko, 27, has been plagued by in­jury since Brazil. She un­der­went surgery on her foot in Fe­bru­ary and in­sists she is fully re­cov­ered.

But she is mak­ing no prom­ises about her medal prospects.

“The Olympics seem a long time ago but now I’m back and fit and I feel great to have qual­i­fied for Lon­don.”

The other mem­bers of Is­rael’s squad are javelin thrower Mar­garita Dorozhon, also an im­mi­grant from Ukraine, and four marathon run­ners – Marhu Te­feri, Lona Cham­tai, Maor Tiyuri and Garma Amra.

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