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Kenyan-Born Lonah Chemtai to Represent Israel in Rio Marathon

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Lonah Chemtai, 26, member of the renowned Kenyan athletic tribe of Kalenjin, is Israel’s most accomplished female long-distance runner, and, having secured her Israeli citizenship just before the deadline, will represent Israel in the 3000 meter hurdles race and in the marathon competition at the Rio Olympic games this summer.

Chemtai arrived in Israel in late 2008, to work as an au pair for the children of Kenya’s consul to Israel. Eight years later she is married, to her Israeli trainer Dan Salpeter, and the couple has a six-months-old baby named Roy.

“I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters.

Chemtai’s personal best time of 2:40 for the marathon is relatively slow, compared with the world’s fastest runners — Paula Radcliffe ran the London Marathon in 2:15:25 on April 13, 2003. But in Salpeter’s view, “a personal best in Rio very much depends on the conditions, which can change from day to day, so it’s hard to know. … But Lonah still has tremendous potential to improve greatly over the next 10 years and even beyond.”

Chemtai is not worried about running the marathon, which she says “is not hard,” but after Rio she plans to focus on track events and hopes to represent Israel in the 10,000 meters race at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Israel’s team for the Rio games, with 47 athletes (there may be even more) is the largest-ever Olympic delegation to carry the blue and white flag. From 1992 to 2008 Israeli athletes have one medals in every Olympic, and then, at the London 2012 games, the Israeli team came home empty-handed, so hopes are naturally high for medals this time.

Chemtai grew up in a village in western Kenya, where she says the natural conditions for running are better than in Israel, with its heavy humidity in the summer. “I prefer training in Kenya but I have to follow what the coach says,” she relates. “In Kenya there are a lot of [running] partners and there is high altitude, not like here.”


Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in Boston by a federal jury of seven women and five men on Friday.

The verdict was reached after 14 hours of deliberations over how to sentence the 21-year-old terrorist, who was convicted on all 30 charges against him. Seventeen of the charges carried the death penalty.

Tsarnaev, a failed college student, set off a series of bombs in what became the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Al Qaeda attack on America on September 11, 2001, known as “9/11.”

The bombs were built from pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and stuffed into backpacks. The “dirty bombs” were gauged to maximize the number of deaths and severity of wounds inflicted in the crowd at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The terrorist, a radical Islamist, allegedly scribbled a note on the boat where he was captured, saying the attack was in retaliation for Muslims killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to USA Today.

Four people died and hundreds more were wounded in the attack, including many whose injuries have left them permanently traumatized, maimed and disabled to this day.

The case will go to appeal over the issue of venue; in other words, whether in fact it was possible for Tsarnaev to receive a fair trial in Boston, the site of the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

The Efrat Marathon

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Lately it seems that everything interesting is happening in Efrat.

On Friday, hundreds of runners of all ages (apparently dogs too) took part in the Efrat marathon.

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Tiberias Marathon Underway

Friday, January 9th, 2015

It’s only 35.6 degrees (F) outside, but that won’t stop the runners.

The Tiberias Marathon is currently underway this cold Friday morning.

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDF Bars Gaza Runner from Bethlehem Marathon

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a decision by the Israel Defense Forces to bar a Palestinian runner from Gaza from participating in a marathon in Bethlehem but nevertheless recommended that he be allowed to participate in the race.

Olympian Nader Masri, 34, had asked Israel’s military for permission to travel to the second Bethlehem marathon that is to be held Friday.

Following a rejection from the military, Masri, with the help of the Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, known as Gisha, appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled on Tuesday that it could not overrule a military decision. However, as Israeli courts often do, it injected its own quasi-legal opinion and recommended that Israel consider allowing the runner to leave to participate in the race.

“It is hoped, of course, that in the future the security situation will improve that will allow an easing of such restrictions.” Judge Daphne Barak-Erez wrote in her decision.

Masri has represented the Palestinian Authority in several international competitions, including in Ireland, Portugal, Belgium and Doha. He represented “Palestine” in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


One Thing I Wouldn’t Blame on Obama

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

During my thirteen 13 years as Shiloh’s Girls Gym Teacher, I was careful to obey the rule that said it’s forbidden to have outdoor lessons when the temperature is over 30 degrees Centigrade.

This past Friday was a hot  spring day.  In Tel Aviv, where they were having their Half Marathon, it was up to 36 degrees centigrade.  One runner died and others were hospitalized.
Tel Aviv Half-Marathon Ends in Tragedy After Runner Dies
Man in his early 30s collapses from heat stroke, medical crews unable to save him • Over 50 runners hospitalized, 12 in critical condition • Tel Aviv mayor: Obama’s visit made event impossible to postpone [emphasis added] • “Writing was on the wall,” says health expert. (Yisrael HaYom)

They didn’t expect such summer weather.  Looking at the Christian calendar, people were surprised that we had such hot weather in the middle of March, but if you look at the Jewish Calendar, and it’s very common for there to be summer weather early in the month of Nissan, just over a week before Passover.  We almost always have some very hot weather this time of the Jewish Year.

The organizers should have thought of what’s best for the runners and cancelled the race.  And from now on, they should schedule according to the Jewish Calendar and have it before Purim.  Yes, it may rain, but it doesn’t snow in Tel Aviv.
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Batya Medad

Hamas’ Gender Ban Forces UNWRA to Ban Marathon

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

A woman’s place is not in a marathon, at least not with men, says Hamas, whose ban on females running with males prompted UNRWA to canceling the annual Gaza marathon for the first time.

In announcing the cancellation of the April 10 marathon, UNRWA stated, “This disappointing decision follows discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate.”

If Haredim had convinced Jerusalem officials to cancel this past Sunday’s marathon in the capital because of the presence of women runners, God forbid, Israel would have been condemned from every parliament in the country, outside of Iran and Egypt.

Foreign aid would have been threatened and thousands of tourists would have canceled trips to Israel in protest.

In Gaza, things work a bit differently.

UNRWA said it “regrets” the Hamas ban on women but not to worry. “Registered participants who still wish to come to Gaza are welcome and UNRWA is working on a program of other events, which will be forwarded to those interested as soon as possible.”

Hamas said the marathon could have proceeded as usual if “local traditions” were respected.

Apparently, tradition has changed, and Hamas has gone further in the direction of extreme Islam by banning women runners for the first time.

The BBC, instead of commiserating over the separation of sexes, told its readers, “Conservative elements in Gaza have sometimes complained about mixing between the sexes, especially in schools and at sporting events.”

Hamas, of course, blames UNRWA for calling off the race. “We did not tell UNRWA to cancel the marathon and we haven’t prevented it, but we laid down some conditions: We don’t want women and men mixing in the same place,” Hamas’s cabinet secretary Abdessalam Siyyam told the AFP news agency.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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