THE GAMES IN BRIEF

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

RUG­BYU­NION Is­rael won gold for the first time at a Mac­cabiah af­ter crush­ing de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia 13-0 in the fi­nal at Win­gate Sta­dium. In the re­gion of 2,500 wit­nessed his­tory be­ing made as Is­rael fol­lowed up their semi-fi­nal win over GB with a flaw­less per­for­mance.

Ori Abut­bul put Is­rael ahead with a penalty and a con­verted try from Daniel Palma al­lowed the hosts to go into the break with a 10-0 ad­van­tage. A sec­ond-half penalty from Abut­bul com­plet­ing the scor­ing in a mem­o­rable com­pe­ti­tion for home fans who saw Misha Eli win the Most Valu­able Player of the tour­na­ment.

Is­rael cap­tain Yonatan Ka­plan said: “Our team al­ways sur­prises me with new amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ments.

BAS­KET­BALL USA pipped Ar­gentina to gold in the Men’s Open Bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion. Brad Grin­berg’s troops bounced back from de­feat against the Ar­gen­tines ear­lier in the com­pe­ti­tion to run out 87-76 vic­tors.

An­dres Berman was Ar­gentina’s star per­former. He reg­is­tered 31 points, with three as­sists and three re­bounds, while Danny Ru­bin was the best player in the fi­nal for the USA.

GOLF Laeti­tia Beck won dou­ble gold in the Ladies com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing nine-un­der, 15 strokes ahead of the next com­peti­tor at the Cae­sarea Golf Club. Beck, who is from Cae­sarea and a has taken her game to a new level at Duke Univer­sity in North Carolina, shot three con­sec­u­tive rounds of 69 to fin­ish with a com­bined score of 207. Port­land Rosen of the United States, who goes to Duke’s NCAA league ri­val Univer­sity of Vir­ginia, took sil­ver with 222.

SQUASH Is­rael’s Daniel Po­leschuck won gold with a 3-1 vic­tory over Al­bert Shoi­het from Canada in the Men’s Open fi­nal. All three squash fi­nals ended with the same score­line, with Yar­den Od­mak win­ning an all-Amer­i­can Women’s fi­nal against Jenny Schort, while Is­rael’s Tzemach Meir proved too strong forCurt Kohlberg of Amer­ica.

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