Goldberg Swims to Six-Medal Haul at Maccabiah Games in Israel
 
 

July 14, 2005

Tennessee swimmer Bryan Goldberg won four gold and two bronze medals this week at the 17th Maccabiah Games at the Wingate Institute Pool near Netanya, Israel.

Competing for the United States, Goldberg won the 100-meter freestyle and 200 individual medley and swam on the 4x100 freestyle and 4x200 freestyle championship relays. The junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., also won bronze medals in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle.

The Maccabiah Games take place every four years and offer an Olympic-style competition for Jewish athletes. The swimming portion of the Games lasted from Sunday through Thursday.

Goldberg won his first gold medal of the Games Sunday after clocking a 51.06 time in the 100 freestyle final. Goldberg also owned the fastest preliminary time with his 50.96 time Sunday.

He struck gold again twice Wednesday in the relays. Goldberg and his 4x200 freestyle relay teammates set a meet record with a winning time of 7:30.58. Scott Goldblatt, Daniel Madwed, Goldberg and Max Jaben authored the 4x200 freestyle record-setting effort for Team USA. Earlier in the day, the same quartet in a different order won the 4x100 freestyle relay. Goldblatt, Madwed, Jaben and Goldberg covered the distance in 3:27.24.

Goldberg captured yet more gold Thursday to close his busy five-day float at the Maccabiah Games. Goldberg won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.83, more than three seconds faster than runner-up and fellow American Meir Hasbani. Earlier in the day, Goldberg raced to the fastest prelim time of 2:06.60 in the 200 individual medley.

Goldberg increased his medal haul Tuesday after taking bronze in the 200 freestyle final. Goldberg finished third in 1:50.93. Israel's Shai Livnat won the race with a meet-record 1:50.39. On Monday, Goldberg swam the fastest 200 freestyle prelim time of the competition in 1:52.89.
 

 

Goldberg added another bronze Wednesday in the 400 freestyle final after a 4:01.75 swim. Relay teammate Jaben took the gold for Team USA with a 3:54.87 time. Earlier in the day Goldberg authored the third-fastest 400 freestyle prelim time of 4:13.41.

At the 16th Maccabiah Games in 2001, Goldberg won five gold medals (100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 200 backstroke and 400 medley relay) and two silver medals (400 free relay and 800 free relay).

Goldberg is not the first Volunteer to enjoy success at the Maccabiah Games. Tennessee basketball legend Ernie Grunfeld played for the U.S team in the ninth Maccabiah Games in 1973. Grunfeld was the only high school player to earn a starting spot on the U.S. team.

Olympic legend Mark Spitz led the 700-member U.S. delegation in Monday night's opening ceremony. The Maccabiah Games are named for Jewish warrior Judah Maccabe, who fought against the ancient Greeks.

17th Maccabiah Games
Wingate Institute Swimming Pool, Netanya, Israel
Sunday, July 10, 2005
100m freestyle-prelim.
1.Bryan Goldberg, USA50.96
100m freestyle-final
1.Bryan Goldberg, USA51.06
Monday, July 11, 2005
200m freestyle-prelim.
1.Bryan Goldberg, USA1:52.89
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
200m freestyle-final
1.Shai Livnat, Israel1:50.39 MR
3.Bryan Goldberg, USA1:50.93
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
400m freestyle-prelim.
1.Max Jaben, USA4:03.53
3.Bryan Goldberg, USA4:13.41
400m freestyle-final
1.Max Jaben, USA3:54.87
3.Bryan Goldberg, USA4:01.75
4x100 freestyle relay-final
1.USA3:27.24
(Scott Goldblatt, Daniel Madwed, Max Jaben, Bryan Goldberg)
4x200 freestyle relay-final
1.USA7:30.58 MR
(Scott Goldblatt, Daniel Madwed, Bryan Goldberg, Max Jaben)
Thursday, July 14, 2005
200m individual medley-prelim.
1.Bryan Goldberg, USA2:06.60
200m individual medley-final
1.Bryan Goldberg, USA2:04.83

MR-Meet record.


 
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