|Birth name||לידיה חטואל|
August 13, 1963 |
Lydia Hatuel-Zuckerman (born August 15, 1963, in Casablanca, Morocco) is an Israeli fencer. One of Israel's top female fencers, she competed in the foil event at the 1984, 1992, and 1996 Olympiads.
She is the sister of Israeli Olympic fencer Yitzhak Hatuel (who competed in foil for Israel in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games), and aunt of Israeli Olympic fencer Delila Hatuel and Israeli fencer Maor Hatuel.
In 1979, at the age of 16, Lydia became Israel's women's fencing champion, a title she would hold for many years. The Guinness Book of World Records listed her after she had won the title 6 straight times.
At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, she swept through the 1st round, winning all 6 of her bouts. In the 2nd round, however, she was eliminated from the competition. She finished in 26th place. She did not compete in the 1988 Seoul Olympics because the fencing competition fell on Yom Kippur. At the 1992 Barcelona Games she finished in 22nd place. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, at which she was seeded # 12, she won her first match over Felicia Zimmerman of the U.S., but then lost in the round-of-16 to No. 5 seed Monika Weber-Koszto, 15-13. She finished in 13th place. In the Atlanta Games, she also competed in the team foil event. The Israelis, who were seeded No. 9, lost to China in the 1st round (29–45), but defeated the United States (45–39) to finish in 9th place. The other members of the team were Ayelet Ohayon and Lilach Parisky.
World Championships and World Cup
In 1991, she finished 8th in the World Championships, and a few years later finished 8th in the 1996 World Cup.Going into the '96 Olympics she was ranked 11th in the world in women's foil. She also finished 73rd in the foil at the 1999 World Championships.
In 2002, the 39-year-old surprised the fencing world by reaching the semifinals of the European Championships, only one-and-a-half months after giving birth to her 3rd child.
At the 2001 Maccabiah Games, she won the bronze medal in the individual foil competition.