Speed walker Shaul Ladany has been inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - the only Israeli athlete to be afforded the honor in this batch of inductees.

The 75-year-old professor emeritus was notified of the decision last week by IJSHF chairman Alan Sherman.

One of the greatest walkers in history, Ladany still holds the world record in the 50-mile walk (7:23:50 hours ), and the Israeli national record in the 50-kilometer walk (4:17:07 hours ), which he set back in 1972. He also represented Israel at two Olympic Games: at the 1968 Mexico City Games, where he finished in 24th place in the 50-km walk, and at the ill-fated 1972 Munich Games, where he was Israel's sole male representative in track and field.

In addition, Ladany found the time to enjoy a highly successful academic career, in the field of industrial engineering and management.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Wingate Institute in July 2013, to coincide with the 19th World Maccabiah Games.