Delila Hatuel

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Delila Hatuel
הסייפת דלילה חטואל.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameדלילה חטואל
Born (1980-11-15) November 15, 1980 (age 38)
Acre, Israel
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight51 kg (112 lb)[1]
ClubOlympic Fencing Center Akko[1]
Coached byHaim Hatuel[1]
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking9 (April 2008)[2]

Delila Hatuel (Hebrew: דלילה חטואל‎; born November 15, 1980) is an Israeli Olympic foil fencer.[3] She represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and has been ranked ninth in the world.


Delila Hatuel born in Acre, Israel.[3][4] Her brother Maor Hatuel is also a fencer, as is her aunt, Olympian Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann,[5][6] and her uncle, Olympian Yitzhak Hatuel.[6] Delila, her father, and Lydia train Jewish and Arab children in fencing at Acre's Olympic Fencing Center.[6]

Fencing career[edit]

Hatuel finished ninth in the team foil 1997 World Fencing Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, and eighth in the team foil 1998 European Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.[7]

In July 2007, Hatuel finished sixth in individual foil at the European Fencing Championships, in Ghent, Belgium.[7][8] Throughout 2008, she finished in the top 10 in the Fencing World Cup circuit, and was ranked in the top 16 in the world.[8]

In April 2008, she was ranked 9th in the world in women's foil.[2] In July 2008, at the 2008 European Fencing Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, she defeated Olympic foil champion Valentina Vezzali, but injured her knee at the end of the bout. She finished seventh in individual foil in the tournament.[7]

Her injury included a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which had to be surgically repaired.[5][9] She underwent treatment in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, Israel, so that she would be well enough to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Exposure to oxygen under high pressure speeds up the body's natural healing process.[9]

Hatuel, then ranked 11th in the world, represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in foil fencing, at 27 years of age.[3][6] She came in 19th, losing 10–9 to reigning world title holder Viktoriya Nikishina of Russia, who was part of the gold-medal winning Russian team.[3][10][11] Hatuel tied the match with less than a minute remaining, and was defeated in overtime.[12] Hatuel later said: "I'm sad, but this loss has nothing to do with my injury. I lost in a tight match."[13] However, a reporter for Haaretz said "it seems that Hatuel's knee injury was agonizing".[12] Hatuel said she would be undergoing further surgery and hoped to participate at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.[12]

In 2009, Hatuel won the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in women's foil.[14]

In 2014 she won the European Games Baku Senior Women's Foil Qualification Tournament in Budapest, Hungary.[15]

She took 24th at the 2015 European Senior Women Foil Championships in Montreux, Switzerland, and 31st at the 2016 European Senior Women Foil Championships in Torun, Poland.[16]`

Hatuel was ranked 9th in the world in 2016, and qualified to fence in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in Women's foil by virtue of her performance at the Championnats De Qualification Europeens on April 16, 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic.[17] But the Israel Olympic Committee applied higher standards than did the International Olympic Committee—whose standards she met, and Hatuel was not allowed to fence in the Olympic Games in 2016.[18][19][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Baku 2015 1St European Games – Athletes – HATUEL Delila". Baku 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Fencing Ranking: Delila HATUEL". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Delila Hatuel Biography and Olympic Results". August 11, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Talshir, Uri (September 21, 2011). "Fencing / Living by the sword". Haaretz. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d Teddy Fassberg (June 13, 2008). "Double-edged foil". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Hatuel Delila – Biography". European Fencing Confederation. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Sinai, Allon (July 16, 2008). "Guide to Israel's Olympic Team: Delila Hatuel". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b Judy Siegal-Itzkovich. "Health Scan; Defeating the Disease". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Beijing: Fencer Delilah Hatuel ousted from Olympic race". Ynet. November 8, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Israel at the Olympics; Israeli team secures victories in swimming, sailing, tennis; Peer-Obziler match cancelled due to rain". Ynet. November 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c Hipsh, Rami (August 21, 2010). "Peer pulls through to next stage". Haaretz. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  13. ^ Miki Sagui and Sa'ar Haas (November 8, 2008). "Beijing: Swimmer Alon Mandel sets new national record". Ynet. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ EG Baku Qualification Tournament | European Fencing Confederation
  16. ^ HATUEL Delila - Biography | European Fencing Confederation
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Olympic Games preview – Part IV | Jewish News, Times of Israel.
  19. ^ Olympics: Zonal qualification complete - News - Media - FIE, International Fencing Federation.
  20. ^ Naschitz Brandes Amir | The Case of Delila Hatuel and The Olympic Committee

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