track and field
Gamliel competed in two events at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: the 5000-meter and the 10,000-meter. In the shorter event, Arie was in the top three at the 1000-, 2000-, and 3000-meter marks. He fell back by the 4000-meter mark to finish in tenth place with a time of 14:02.98; he missed qualifying for the final by 12 seconds. In the 10,000-meter, Gamliel also finished in tenth place (29:31.32). Only the top five from the heat advanced the final.
One of Israel's greatest distance runners ever, Gamliel held two national records during his illustrious career in the 1980s. As of June 2002, he still held the 10,000-meter record and was among the national top ten in distances from 1,500-meters to the marathon.
In June 1981, Arie broke the national 3,000-meter record with a time of 7:55.7 (still second all-time) and the following month he ran what would become the second-fastest 1500-meter race in Israeli history with a time of 3:43.6 (missing the record by 0.3 seconds); at the present, Gamliel's mark is fifth all-time.
In 1984, Gamliel broke the 10,000-meter record with a time of 28:42.9 (still No.1 by almost 14 seconds), and ran 13:43.04 in the 5,000-meter, still the second-best time by an Israeli runner. Four years later, Arie ran the London Marathon in a time of 2:23:35.
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