Friedlander and partner Shimshon Brockman were going to compete in the 470 sailing event at the 1980 Moscow Games, but did not when Israel joined in the U.S.-led boycott due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
They competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (which the Soviet Union boycotted) and finished in eighth place overall with 70.0 points. They began the competition poorly, finishing no better than eighth in the first four races, but dramatically improved towards the end of the Games. In the final three races, they finished fourth, second, and fifth respectively.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Friedlander and partner Shimshon Brockman were among the best sailors in the world in the 470 class. They finished in the top three at the European Championships from 1977-79, winning the title in 1979. The following year, they won the world championship in the 420 non-Olympics class, and finished fifth in the world championships in the 470 class. Three years later, Brockman and Friedlander finished third in the 470 at the World Championships. During their career, they also won the World Cup in 1978, given to the sailing team with the highest points in the six most recognized races. In 1998, they were honored as two of the greatest athletes in Israeli history from the previous 50 years.
Birth and Death Dates:
Sept. 16, 1957
Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra
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