Tsabari, Gad : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Tsabari, Gad


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A member of the Israeli wrestling team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Tsabari competed in the light-flyweight (also called paperweight) division in the freestyle discipline. He lost to Attila Latak of Hungary in the first round, and Ognian Nikolov of Bulgaria (the eventual silver medalist) in the second round. Tsabari was eliminated from the competition after losing to Nikolov. He officially finished 12th.

On September 4, 1972, Tsabari was taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists along with several other members of the Israeli delegation, but managed to escape after pushing one of the terrorists and fleeing under a firestorm of bullets. Unfortunately, 11 other Israeli athletes and coaches were not able to escape and were massacred by the Palestinians.

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One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre and Israeli Revenge Operation 'Wrath of God', by Simon Reeve (New York: Arcade, 2000)
New York Times, August 28-29, 1972