First of all, thank you to the American readers who responded regarding the bizarre absence of American Jewish shooters at the games. It seems as if we were simply unaware that shooting sports were available. Also, there are already thoughts of developing relationships with the Israeli shooting clubs independent of the official Maccabiah Games. I and others are going to explore all the options, and keep everyone informed.
Long time readers of the blog know that there are many excellent American Jewish international-style shooters we might have seen there. In the teen and “young adult” category:
Sandra Fong, Danielle Fong, Abigail Fong – With Sandra notably competing at the Olympic levels.
Hanna Black, Josh Black – Hanna competes at the collegiate level in Air Rifle, Josh at the junior nationals level in Air Rifle and Pistol.
Jessica Levine – Won national awards at Camp Perry a few years back in smallbore.
Laura Spector – Olympic biathlete.
Sharon Barazani – Up-and-coming international shooter (not sure, she may technically have been born in Israel…?).
Sorry if I am forgetting anyone!
This does not even include dozens of American Jews like myself who compete at the amateur levels in center-fire sports, but would still be competitive in an international air or smallbore event. My readers know this because I’ve been documenting them for several years now! There are many Jewish NRA Bullseye shooters who shoot slow fire at 50 yards who I’m sure would do well at 10m Air Pistol, or already do. Those of us NRA High Power shooters who shoot prone at 600 yards can also shoot a smallbore rifle prone at 50m pretty well.
So let’s get to Israel soon and show them what we’ve got!
On to Friday’s results:
10m Air Rifle:
Sergey Richter ISRAEL 626.1
10m Air Pistol: