Athletics / Obituary / David Tabak, Giant of Israeli Runners

Tabak represented Israel at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 100 meters.

David Tabak, one of Israel's premier athletes and an international-class sprinter, died Saturda at the age of 85. His funeral is to be held tomorrow in Ramat Hasharon.

Tabak was born on Moshav Beit Oved in 1927 and studied in Mikve Israel, outside Tel Aviv. Talent-wise, he was perhaps one of the greatest athletes of the early days of the state.

His results reflect his enormous talent, considering he went long stretches without practicing and running. He set Israeli records in the early 1950s in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His 100-meter mark of 10.6 seconds stood for over 14 years.

Tabak represented Israel at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in the 100 meters.

Both of Tabak's children were outstanding athletes - Benny, a striker for Maccabi Tel Aviv and the national soccer team; and Eti, who followed her father's footsteps as a sprinter.

Celebrations at Stonehenge ahead of the Olympics.
Reuters