TEL AVIV (Sep. 12)
Israel now has five gold medals in the Asian Games at Teheran after winning three medals today, one yesterday and one earlier this week. Esther Roth-Shacha-moroff won two gold medals today when she captured the 100-meters hurdles race in 13.33 seconds, and the 200-meters sprint in 23.79 seconds. A third gold medal was won today by tennis players Paulina Pessachov and Yair Vertheimer in the mixed couples competition after the Chinese failed to show up for the final match.
Yesterday 17-year-old Orit Abramowitz of Netanya won first place in the high jumping event with a leap of 1.78 meters. Her excellent jump was made despite jeers of a hostile crowd. Earlier Danni Brenner. 21. won Israel’s first gold medal in the 100-meter free-style swimming event with a time of 55.64 seconds.
The refusal by China to play Israel is one of the reasons Israelis have been calling the games the “Arabiyade.” The Arabs have been pressuring against Israel during the games. The North Koreans refused to play the Israeli soccer team today and with that forfeit Israel is expected to reach the finals because the next team, Kuwait, is almost certain not to show up to play Israel.