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Israeli Athletehonored for Her Courageous Action During Massacre of Israeli Olympians in Munich

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An Israeli woman athlete was given an Olympic bronze medal for her courageous action during the 1972 Munich Olympics where terrorists murdered II members of the Israeli team.

The award was presented here to sprinter Esther Roth by Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain, president of the International Olympic Committee. Roth was cited for her “example of Olympic spirit” by continuing to compete after her teammates, including her trainer, were gunned down.

Samaranch, on a three-day visit to Israel, said he would do his best to have Israel included in European groupings at international sports events. Israel has been trying for years to be included in European soccer tournaments.

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