Shezifi, Hana : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Shezifi, Hana

Sport:
track and field

Country Represented:
Israel

Years Competed:
1968

Olympic Info:
A member of Israel's track and field team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Shezifi competed in two events. In the 400-meter race, she finished seventh in her preliminary heat (56.3) and did not advance to the next round. Shezifi then ran in the 800-meter and again failed to advance past the first round after finishing sixth in her heat in 2:09.2.

Career Highlights:
Israel's Athlete of the Year in 1970, Shezifi won three gold medals and one bronze in the Asian Games that year. She is still in fourth place all-time in Israeli history in the 800-meter with a time of 2:06.5 (set at the 1970 Asian Games), and ninth place in the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:55.2. Since 1996, Shezifi has been chairperson of the Israeli Bridge Federation, and responsible for bridge instruction in Israeli schools.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Nov. 5, 1943

Origin:
Iraq


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References:
Great Jews in Sports by Robert Slater (New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 2000)
New York Times, October 14-October 28, 1968


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