Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Israel's competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Israel at the
2020 Summer Olympics
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NOCOlympic Committee of Israel (in Hebrew and English)
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors54 in 9 sports
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Israel is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Since the nation's debut in 1952, Israeli athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, other than the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, which it opted not to attend because of the nation's support for the US-led boycott. It will be Israel's seventeenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

Four years before, a total of 47 Israeli athletes (22 men and 25 women) traveled to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and competed across 17 sports. It was Israel's largest-ever Olympic delegation, breaking its previous record of 43 athletes set in 2008.[2][3] Among the sports competed by the athletes, Israel will mark its Olympic debut in surfing (new to the 2020 Games), baseball (returning to the 2020 Games), and equestrian.


The Israeli delegation so far includes 54 athletes, competing in 9 sports.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 3 2 5
Baseball 24 0 24
Cycling 0 1 1
Equestrian TBD TBD 3
Gymnastics 2 7 9
Sailing 1 3 4
Shooting 1 0 1
Surfing 0 1 1
Swimming 4 2 6
Total 35 16 54


Israeli athletes met the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[4][5]

The Olympic Committee of Israel has not yet released the names of athletes to participate in the delegation.

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Haimro Alame Men's marathon N/A
Girmaw Amare N/A
Marhu Teferi N/A
Selamawit Dagnachew Women's 5000 m
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter Women's 5000 m
Women's 10000 m N/A
Women's marathon N/A


The Israel national baseball team qualified for the Olympics by winning the gold medal at the 2019 WSBC Africa and Europe Qualification Tournament in Italy and securing an outright berth, marking the country's Olympic debut in baseball.[6]

Team roster



Israeli road cyclist Omer Shapira ranked 60th in the Individual UCI World Ranking for women with 316.17 points and won a quota for her country.[7] Shapira also finished 13th at the Women individual time trial event at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, but after decreasing to one athlete per country, Shapira placed eighth. The first 10 places automatically qualified their country to the women's individual time trial event.[8][9]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Women's road race
Women's time trial


Israel fielded a squad of three equestrian riders in the Olympic team jumping competition for the first time by securing an outright berth as the top-ranked nation at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)-designated Olympic qualifier for the first batch of Group C (Central and Eastern Europe) in Moscow.[10] In July 2019 Team Israel's Daniel Bluman, Ashlee Bond, Danielle Goldstein Waldman, and Elad Yaniv won the Olympic Jumping Qualifier at Maxima Park in Moscow, qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, the first time that Israel has earned a place in the Olympics in equestrian.[11]


Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Penalties Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Rank
See above Team



Israel entered two artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition. Three-time Olympian Alexander Shatilov booked a spot in the men's individual all-around and apparatus events, by finishing seventh out of the 12 gymnasts eligible for qualification at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, while Artem Dolgopyat secured one of the three places available for individual-based gymnasts, neither part of the team nor qualified through the all-around, in the floor exercise at the same tournament.[12]

Lihie Raz received a spare berth from the women's apparatus event, as one of the female gymnasts from the individual all-around, not yet qualified, at the 2019 World Championships. However, she does not yet meet the qualification requirement set by the Israeli Gymnastics Federation.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Artem Dolgopyat All-around
Alexander Shatilov
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank


Linoy Ashram and Nicol Zelikman secured 2 quotas for the Israeli delegation by finishing third and 11th, respectively, at the 2019 World Championships all-around individual event.[13] Also, Israel qualified a squad of rhythmic gymnasts for the group all-around by virtue of finishing within the top-five among National Olympic Committees that are not yet qualified at the 2019 World Championships. The Olympic Committee of Israel has not yet released the names of athletes to participate in the delegation.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon Total Rank
Athletes Event Qualification Final
5 apps 3+2 apps Total Rank 5 apps. 3+2 apps Total Rank


Israeli sailors qualified three boats in each of the following classes. Gil Cohen and Noa Lasry secured a quota for the Israeli delegation by finishing 11th in the women's 470 event at the 2018 Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.[14][15] Ofek Elimelech and Mia Morris finished twelfth and fourteenth in their respective RS:X classes. Both of these results promised two more quotas for the Israeli delegation. The Olympic Committee of Israel has not yet released all the names of athletes to participate in the delegation. Beijing 2008 bronze medalist Shahar Zubari and Katy Spychakov secured places on the Israeli squad, after they topped the overall ranking of the country's selection meets, marking Zubari's fourth consecutive trip to the Games and Spychakov's Olympic debut.

Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 M*
Shahar Zubari Men's RS:X
Katy Spychakov Women's RS:X
Women's 470 N/A

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race


Israeli shooter Sergy Rikhter achieved quota places for the delegation in the men's 10 metre air rifle, by winning the gold medal at the 2019 European Games.[16][17] The Olympic Committee of Israel has not yet confirmed the identity of the athlete to compete in the event.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
  Men's 10 m air rifle


Israel will send one surfer to compete in the women's shortboard at the Games. Anat Lelior secured a qualification slot for the nation as the highest-ranked surfer from Europe and one of the top 30 surfers in the overall open division at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan.[18] The quota is final as long as two other female athletes from Israel don't finish in qualifying positions at the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games in May 2021. In that case, the results from the 2021 World Surfing Games will prevail, and the quota from the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games will be reallocated to the next-best ranked from the respective continent.[19]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Anat Lelior Women's shortboard


Qualification for Israeli swimmers in the individual swimming events in Tokyo is accomplished by achieving the qualifying standards in the events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[20][21] All Israeli swimmers must qualify by achieving the qualification time set by the international federation FINA at one of the target competitions defined by the Israeli Swimming Association (ISA), or one percent faster at any other competition.

Israel can also enter a team for relay events with a top-12 finish at the 2019 FINA World Championships, provided that at least two swimmers in each relay event are qualified for any of the individual events.

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Meiron Cheruti 50 m freestyle
Tomer Frankel 100 m butterfly
Ron Polonsky 200 m individual medley
4 × 200 m freestyle relay N/A
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Anastasia Gorbenko 200 m individual medley
Athlete Event Heat Final
Time Rank Time Rank
4 × 100 m medley relay
Athletes not yet qualified to the 2020 Summer Olympics by the Israeli Swimming Association (ISA)
  • Yakov Toumarkin (100 m backstroke) - Has achieved the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT) defined by FINA at the Israeli championships 2019, but still needs to achieve the qualification recognized by the Israeli Swimming Association.

See also


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  6. ^ Stuart, Winer (22 September 2019). "In first, Israel qualifies for Olympic games in baseball; National team routs South Africa 11-1, earning a place in Japan, where it will face five other squads at the Tokyo 2020 summer games". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Athletes' quotas for Road Cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". UCI. 18 November 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  8. ^ Turgis, Dominique (23 October 2019). "Classement UCI féminin: Un podium orange" [Women's UCI classification: An orange podium] (in French). Direct Velo. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
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  10. ^ Parkes, Louise (1 July 2019). "History is made as Israel pips Poland in mighty battle for Tokyo 2020 ticket in Moscow". FEI. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Tokyo 2020 team and individual quota places confirmed by FEI". FEI. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019: Day 4 - as it happened". Olympic Channel. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Places to Tokyo 2020, The World Games 2021 booked". FIG. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Eight nations book Tokyo 2020 spot in the Women's 470". World Sailing. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  15. ^ Aharoni, Oren (8 August 2018). "2 first Israeli representatives to 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sailing". Ynet. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  16. ^ Halickman, Joshua (26 June 2019). "Plenty of hardware for the Israelis in Minsk". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Quota Places by Nation and Number". ISSF. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  18. ^ "World's Top Women Approach Gold Medals, Capture Olympic Qualification in Miyazaki". International Surfing Association. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Qualification System – Surfing" (PDF). International Surfing Association. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FINA Swimming Qualification System" (PDF). Tokyo 2020. FINA. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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