WATCH: Israel’s History at the Olympic Podium

Israel has taken home 7 Olympic medals since 1992, including one historic gold. What's in store for Rio 2016?

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Haaretz Sports Staff

Compared with the world's athletic powerhouses, Israel's Olympic achievements have been few, but that same fact has made victory even sweeter for both the competitors and their fans.

Yael Arad claimed Israel's first Olympic medal in history with a silver in Judo in the 1992 games in Barcelona.

Arad was in good company in Barcelona, as Oren Smadja took home the bronze in Judo.

Success in 1992 was followed up with another victory in Atlanta's 1996 games when Gal Fridman won a bronze medal in sailing, foretelling a future that would hold even greater achievements.

Michael Kolganov kept Israel on the Olympic winner's board in Sydney in 2000, with a strong start to a race that resulted in a bronze medal in canoeing.

Israel's historical wins in Judo in 1992 were revisited with Ariel Zeevi's success on the mat that led to a bronze medal in 2004's games in Athens.

It had been eight years since winning the bronze, but Gal Fridman was more prepared than ever for the 2004 Olympics in Athens where he made sailing history by taking home Israel's first and only Olympic gold medal.

Beijing's 2008 Olympic games also yielded success for Israel as Shahar Tzuberi followed in Fridman's footsteps with a bronze in sailing.