Israel made a clean sweep of gold medals on the final day of action in the Maccabiah lawn bowls tournament yesterday.
Jeff Rabkin maintained his perfect record to claim the men's singles crown, thrashing his closest contender Jonty Alexander 21-5 and leaving the South African to make do with the bronze. Silver went to George Kaminsky of Israel, who fought back from 14-5 down to beat Pepe Glick of Australia.
Irit Grenchel won both games today to add the icing to the cake after already having assured gold on Tuesday. Merle Frank from South Africa took second spot ahead of Maureen Cohen of Australia. Marienne Wainstein of Great Britain, gold medal winner in 2001, came bottom of the log.
Colin Silberstein led Israel's B team to gold in the men's fours despite defeat to Australia in its final game. Silver went to Israel's A team skipped by Raymond Sher, while bronze went to Australia skipped by David Sebbag.
Tami Kamzel's Israel A team had to win its last game to claim gold in the women's fours and did just that, beating Australia 18-12 to finish ahead of South Africa skipped by Jeannette Schaff and Great Britain skipped by Ruth Harris.
The overall trophy for the combined tally of points in all four disciplines - pairs and triples that were held last week - provided the drama of the day as Israel's men's A and B teams finished with identical tallies, sending the scorekeepers to the log books to see which team had the better shot difference. After the shots were counted up, the trophy went to the Israel As. The women's combined trophy also went to Israel's A team.
Irit Grenchel received the woman of the tournament award, with Boaz Marcus, a gold-medal winner in the pairs, taking the men's accolade.
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