1981 Maccabiah Games
|Debuting countries|| Bermuda |
|Opening city||Ramat Gan|
|Opening ceremony||Torch lit by Tal Brody|
|Main venue||National Stadium|
New facilities for squash, wrestling, karate, and judo were introduced.
Also, American tennis players Brad Gilbert (in doubles, with Jon Levine) and Andrea Leand earned gold medals, and Shlomo Glickstein won the men's singles in tennis (defeating Brad Gilbert), the first Israeli to win a Maccabiah tennis championship. In golf, American Corey Pavin won two gold medals.
Mark Berger, who three years later was to go on to win a silver medal in the Olympics, won a gold medal in judo. David Blatt and Danny Schayes won a gold medal with Team USA in basketball. American fencers Paul Friedberg won a gold medal for the US in saber, Peter Schifrin won a silver medal in epee, and Elaine Cheris won an individual silver medal and a team gold medal in foil. British sabre fencer Paul Klenerman, who three years later fenced in the Olympics, also medaled.
In track and field, James Espir of Great Britain, who earlier that year had run a mile in 3 minutes 56.7 seconds, thereby becoming the fastest Jewish miler ever, won the 1500 metres and 5000 metres gold medals on successive days. At the Games, Maya Kalle-Bentzur of Israel won the gold medal in the women's long jump.
The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants that community contributed.
- Great Britain
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
- United States
- US Virgin Islands
- West Germany
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