Israeli Olympic Update Schwartz, Amrani Have Off-days

Schwartz, Amrani have off-days

Jillian Schwartz, who has already secured her spot in London, finished 10th at the pole vaulting final in the Indoor World Championships in Istanbul this week. Schwartz cleared 4.30 meters on her first attempt and 4.45 meters on her third attempt. However, she failed to cross the 4.55-meter threshold, three centimeters above her best so far this year. Dustin Amrani finished in 26th place in the 800-meter event with a relatively weak result of 1:54:20 minutes.

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Sailing: Rivalries resume at RS:X World Championships

The grinding competition between Nimrod Mashiah and Shahar Zubari for a ticket to London will resume next week when the two both vie in the RS:X World Championships, which open in Cadiz, Spain, on Thursday. Mashiah currently leads 21-7 in the point standings, but a medal for Zubari could change the situation. Winning the championship is worth 50 points, while a silver medal is worth 30 points and bronze is worth 20.

Among the women surfers, Lee Korzits is expected to return to action after recovering from a medical procedure she recently underwent. Maayan Davidovich, her rival in the fight for a place at the Olympics, will have to win a gold medal and hope for a poor showing by Korzits in order to leave herself any hope of qualifying for London. "We're all looking ahead of this event," said Yehuda Maayan, chairman of Israel's sailing association. "This competition is clearly decisive."

Fencing: Maor Hatoel needs a medal in Bonn World Cup

After a disappointing appearance in Venice, Maor Hatuel will hope for a better showing in the World Cup in Bonn, Germany, starting today. The fencer will likely have to win a medal in order to keep alive his chances of obtaining a ticket to London.

Athletics: new 400m runner Sanford taking time to warm up

Donald Sanford, Israel's new 400-meter runner, will have to put aside the joy of being approved to represent Israel in order to compete this weekend in the United States in one of the many local competitions. Sanford, who needs to meet the Olympic A standard of 45.30 seconds to qualify, is reportedly still not fully in shape and plans to be 100 percent by May or June.