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Israeli Disabled Athletes Win 32 Gold Medals at Olympics in Toronto

August 11, 1976
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Israeli athletes at the Olympics for the disabled being held here have won 32 gold medals, eight silver and five bronze. Israel is in second place in the wheelchair events with the U.S. in first place, and is fifth in the all-round competitions. The Israelis have two gold medals in the pentathlon competition, one for amputees and one for those confined to wheelchairs. One gold medal was won in the fencing division, another gold medal for amputee volleyball and a third gold medal for women’s basketball.

In the men’s final the Israeli wheelchair basketball team will play against the American team. Israel has also won 15 gold medals in the swimming events, setting 10 world records. Uri Bergman of Kibbutz Givat Brenner won the 100-meter freestyle men’s swimming contest, setting a world record. The Egyptian contestant who came in second shook hands with Bergman after the contest was over. The Olympics here end tomorrow.

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