Israel at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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IOC code  ISR
NOC The Olympic Committee of Israel
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At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
Competitors 15 in 7 sports
Flag bearer Henry Herscovici[1]
Medals Gold
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Israel competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, which began on August 26.

Star of David, which the Nazis required Jews to wear during the Holocaust. Shaul Ladany wore one on his warm-up jersey at the Munich Olympics.

Shaul Ladany returned to compete in the 50-kilometer walk.[2][3] He had been imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, and said he wanted to show the Germans that a Jew had survived, and he wore a Star of David on his warm-up jersey.[4][5] When he was congratulated by locals on his fluent German, he responded: "I learned it well when I spent a year at Bergen Belsen".[5][6] Asked about competing in Germany, the Holocaust survivor said: "I don't say I have to hate Germans. Of course not the younger generation, but I have no special sympathy for the older generation who have been accused of what happened in the Nazi period."[7]

On September 5 and 6, in the Munich Massacre, 11 members of the Israeli delegation—5 athletes, 2 referees, and 4 coaches (names bolded on this page)—were taken hostage by PLO terrorists and murdered. The remainder of the team left Munich the day after the conclusion of the horrific event (Sep. 7).


Name Sport Event Placing Performance
Shaul Ladani Athletics Men's 50 km walk 19 4:24:38.6[8]
(also entered for 20 km walk, but did not start)[8]
Esther Shahamorov Athletics Women's 100 m Semifinal (5th) 11.49[9]
Women's 100 m hurdles Semifinal[9] Did not start (left Munich before the semifinal)
Dan Alon Fencing Men's foil Second round W5–L5 (1R 3-2, 2R 2-3)[10]
Yehuda Weissenstein Fencing Men's foil Second round W2–L8 (1R 2-3, 2R 0-5)[10]
Yair Michaeli Sailing Flying Dutchman 23 28-22-22-19-25-19-DNS = 171 pts
(left Kiel before 7th race)[11]
Itzhak Nir
Henry Hershkowitz Shooting 50 metre rifle prone 23 593/600[12]
50 metre rifle three positions 46 1114/1200[12]
Zelig Stroch Shooting 50 metre rifle prone 57 589/600[12]
Shlomit Nir Swimming Women's 100 m breaststroke Heats (8th) 1:20.90[13]
Women's 200 m breaststroke Heats (6th) 2:53.60[13]
Berger, DavidDavid Berger Weightlifting Light-heavyweight <82.5 kg J:132.5 C:122.5 S:— T:—[14]
Friedman, Ze'evZe'ev Friedman Weightlifting Bantamweight <56 kg 12 J:102.5 C:102.5 S:125 T:330 [15]
Romano, YossefYossef Romano Weightlifting Middleweight <75 kg (retired injured on third attempt to press 137.5 kg[14])
Gad Tsobari Wrestling Freestyle — Light Flyweight <48 kg Group stage 0W–2L[16]
Halfin, EliezerEliezer Halfin Wrestling Freestyle — Lightweight <68 kg Group stage 1W–2L[17]
Slavin, MarkMark Slavin Wrestling Greco-Roman — Middleweight <82 kg (taken hostage before his scheduled event)


The following nominated referees and judges were in the delegation:[18]

Coaches and officials[edit]

The following coaches and officials were in the delegation:[19]


  1. ^ Israel
  2. ^ "Shaul Ladany Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ladany, Shaul". Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Belsen Survivor Escapes Death Again". The Miami News. September 6, 1972. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Owen, John (July 24, 2008). "Olympics Flashback: 1972: Terror and turmoil". Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Stan Isaacs (2008). Ten Moments That Shook the Sports World: One Sportswriter's Eyewitness Accounts of the Most Incredible Sporting Events of the Past Fifty Years. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ Joe Henderson (2011). Going Far. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Official Report, p.56
  9. ^ a b Official Report, p.65
  10. ^ a b Official Report, pp.247–250
  11. ^ Official Report, p.506
  12. ^ a b c Official Report, p.229 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "or229" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  13. ^ a b Official Report, p.344
  14. ^ a b Official Report, pp.166–7
  15. ^ Official Report, pp.164–5
  16. ^ Official Report, p.131
  17. ^ Official Report, p.135
  18. ^ Official Report, p.537
  19. ^ Official Report, p.534
  20. ^ Binder, David (1972-09-06). "9 Israelis on Olympic Team Killed with 4 Arab Captors as Police Fight Band that Disrupted Munich Games". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-31.