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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Israel Gearing Up For 2008 Beijing Olympics

With the 2008 Beijing Olympics quickly approaching this August, it looks like the Jewish state will be sending 38 athletes to represent Israel as it competes against the world.

( Guy Starik yesterday became the 38th athlete who - assuming that nothing untoward happens between now and August 8 - will represent Israel at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The veteran marksman was awarded an honorary place at the Games by the International Practical Shooting Confederation, thanks to his remarkable achievement at the Grand Prix event in Munich last month - where he scored a world-record 600 points. As a result, Starik was given a ticket to the 2008 Games - which will be his fourth in total.

Athletes who are able to secure the gold medal for Israel will be awarded 500,000 shekels (or $140,000 USD) while silver and bronze will receive $70,000 USD and $47,000 USD respectively.

The full list of athletes can be found over at Haaretz, although unfortunately it looks as if Micky Cobrin did not make the final cut. :-(

Update (6/29): It looks as if athletes who do not win any medals (but come in close, like 4th place) will be receiving bonuses as well.

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