Israelis Raz and Indig win open all-around gold, Israel and U.S. top team standings at Maccabiah Games

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Friday, July 22, 2022

Lihie Raz (ISR)

Israeli Olympian Lihie Raz swept the open women’s events, compatriot Eyal Indig won the open men’s all-around gold, and Israel and the U.S. dominated the team standings at the 21st Maccabiah Games this week in Tel Aviv.

Israeli and the U.S. captured all of the gold medals in the July 18-19 gymnastics competition at the Games, the world’s largest Jewish sports event.

The 18-year-old Raz led Israel to team gold, one of six golds she earned in as many tries in the open women’s division.

Raz placed 59th all-around and 15th on vault in qualifications at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Earlier this year she was sixth on vault and seventh on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Varna; and fourth on uneven bars, seventh on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise at the Challenge Cup of Koper.

Hana Strause of the U.S. was the most successful non-Israeli female gymnast, winning four silver medals (team, all-around, balance beam and floor exercise). At age 12, Strause tied for bronze on uneven bars in the junior division at the 2017 Games.

Strause, who trains at San Mateo Gymnastics in California, tied for 32nd place all-around in her age group at the USA Gymnastics Development Program (Level 10) Championships in May.

The Israeli quintet of Raz, Yuli Golan Arnon, Geffen Dor, Noga Shalit and Andy Turiski captured the open women’s team gold over the U.S. (silver) and Argentina (bronze).

Members of the silver medal-winning U.S. women’s open team were Strause, Lauren Brendlinger, Daisy Fallon, Addy Rothstein and Shani Sirota.

In the junior women’s division, Israeli’s Yali Shoshani won golds in five of the six events, and teammate Ofri Gilai placed first on vault.

Shoshani, Gilai, Liran Barak, Almog Liezrovich and Nitzan Steinberg outscored the U.S. for the junior women’s team title, with Argentina in third place.

The silver medal-winning U.S. junior women’s team were Madeleine Chao, Sophie Knapp, Brittany Laiserin, Joie Sandler and JJ Schibel.

By a margin of 0.266 points, Indig bettered teammate Pavel Gulidov for the open men’s all-around crown.

Indig, 18, placed 23rd all-around at the 2021 World Championships in Kitakyushu and eighth on pommel horse at this spring’s Challenge Cup of Varna.

Eyal Indig (ISR)

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old Gulidov finished fifth on vault at the Challenge Cup of Varna, and fourth on vault and seventh on still rings at the Challenge Cup of Koper.

Indig and Gulidov joined teammates Ilya Liubimov, Andrey Medvedev and Uri Zeidel to take the open men’s team gold over the silver medal-winning U.S. squad.

Evan Hymanson, Alan Gerdov, Hayden Goldstein, Marcus Kushner and Adam Wooten comprised the silver medal-winning U.S. open men’s team.

Open men’s apparatus winners were Evan Hymanson of the U.S. on floor exercise, Indig on pommel horse, Gulidov on still rings, Adam Wooten of the U.S. on vault and horizontal bar, and Liubimov on parallel bars.

In the junior men’s division, Dmiytro Dotsenko of Israel captured four individual golds including one for the all-around. Following Dotsenko in the all-around rankings were U.S. gymnasts Brian Solomon (silver) and Jonah Soltz (bronze).

The U.S. squad of Solomon, Soltz, Arun Chhetri, Zachary Smollin and Joshua Szitanko captured the junior men’s team title, ahead of silver medalist Israel and bronze medalist Canada.

Israel’s silver medal-winning junior men’s team included Dotsenko, Eliran Ioscovich, Shay Dimov, Ron Ortal and Ron Snir.

The junior men’s apparatus champions were Smollin on floor exercise; Chhetri on pommel horse; Dotsenko on still rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar; and Solomon on vault.

21st Maccabiah Games
Tel Aviv, Israel
July 18-19, 2022

Women:

Open All-Around:

  1. Lihie Raz ISR 51.10
  2. Hana Strause USA 46.35
  3. Yuli Golan Arnon ISR 44.80
  4. Lauren Brendlinger USA 41.70
  5. Faustina Pascucci ARG 40.35
  6. Hannah Udall CAN 39.40

Junior All-Around:

  1. Yali Shoshani ISR 45.60
  2. Almog Liezrovich ISR 43.35
  3. Mia Suaya ARG 42.20
  4. JJ Schibel USA 40.35
  5. Madeleine Chao USA 39.60
  6. Charlotte Gray CAN 38.95

Men:

Open All-Around:

  1. Eyal Indig ISR 79.133
  2. Pavel Gulidov ISR 78.867
  3. Evan Hymanson USA 77.801
  4. Adam Wooten USA 77.699
  5. Evan Fedder CAN 71.934

Junior All-Around:

  1. Dmiytro Dotsenko ISR 78.533
  2. Brian Solomon USA 74.233
  3. Jonah Soltz USA 72.633
  4. Eliran Ioscovich ISR 71.866
  5. Gabriel Gerzon CAN 67.733
  6. Jayden Meilen CAN 62.677

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