1965 Maccabiah Games

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7th Maccabiah
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Nations participating27
Debuting countries Iran
Athletes participating1200
Opening cityRamat Gan, Israel
Main venueRamat Gan Stadium
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The 7th Maccabiah Games in 1965 saw 1,200 athletes from 25 different countries compete in 21 sports. It was the first Maccabiah Games for Iran, Jamaica, Peru, and Venezuela.


The Maccabiah Games were first held in 1932.[1] In 1961, they were declared a "Regional Sports Event" by, and under the auspices and supervision of, the International Olympic Committee.[2][3][4]

Notable performances[edit]

The 100 m backstroke competition at the Games.

Mark Spitz, attending his first international competition, won four gold medals.

Dutchman Tom Okker won both the men's singles and the mixed doubles gold medals in tennis. American Mike Franks won a gold medal in doubles in tennis.[5]

The U.S. won the gold medal in basketball, with Tal Brody.

In swimming, Marilyn Ramenofsky of the US, who the year prior won a bronze medal at the Olympics in the 400-Meter Freestyle, won the gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle.

In gymnastics, 3-time Olympian Abie Grossfeld and world trampoline champion Dan Millman of the US each won four gold medals.

Michal Lamdani competed for Israel in the high jump, winning a gold medal.[6][7]

Yves Dreyfus competed for France in fencing.

The U.S. won the gold medal in shooting (free pistol event). The U.S. won the gold medal in water polo, which was its first international gold medal since the 1904 Olympics held in St. Louis.

Participating communities[edit]

The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants that community contributed.

Medal count[edit]

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1 United States (USA)684533146
2 Israel (ISR)324530107
3 United Kingdom (UKB)18101846
4 South Africa (SAF)1311630
Totals (4 nations)13111187329
Source: [2]


  1. ^ A brief history of the Maccabiah Games
  2. ^ Helen Jefferson Lenskyj (2012). Gender Politics and the Olympic Industry. Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. ^ Mitchell G. Bard and Moshe Schwartz (2005). 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know about Israel p. 84.
  4. ^ "History of the Maccabiah Games". Maccabi Australia.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Galily, Yair; Ben-Porat, Amir (2013). "Sport, Politics and Society in the Land of Israel: Past and Present". Routledge.
  7. ^ "Page 15". The San Bernardino County Sun.