JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new immigrant from Ukraine currently living in an Israeli absorption center won Maccabiah gold in the 100-meter race.
Dimitri Gluschenko, who made aliyah in May, won the event Tuesday after capturing gold medals in the men’s 100-meter and 200-meter events earlier this month at the Israeli National Championships.
Since Ukraine has not yet released him from his Ukrainian citizenship, it is uncertain if Gluschenko will be able to represent Israel in other international events, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Meanwhile, Israeli Olympic pole vaulter Alex Averbukh made what he said would be the final jumps of his career Tuesday night, but he did not take home a medal. He waved an Israeli flag during a jog around the track to the applause of his fans.