The Israeli Athletics team for the 2020 Olympics will include 7 athletes as they each hope to win a medal in Tokyo this summer for the blue-and-white.
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter is arguably the biggest name Israel has to offer in this category as she has shown her ability to win medals over the past few years leading up to the Olympics with a gold medal in the 10,000 Meters at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin as well as a gold medal in the World Marathon Majors in Tokyo in 2020.
This summer is Lonah’s big chance to bring home a medal as she is at the peak of her career at the age of 32, heading into the biggest event over the course of the last 5 years that the athletics world has to offer.
With her husband Dan by her side as her personal coach, she hopes to achieve glory in the country of the rising sun as she will participate in multiple categories: The 5000 Meters, 10,000 Meters and the Marathon, which is the category where she may have the highest potential to reach the podium.
30-year old Maor Tiyouri will be participating in the Women’s Marathon along with Chemtai Salpeter. Tiyouri won the silver medal at the Maccabiah Games both in 2009 in the 1500 Meters and in the 3000 Meters while in 2013 she added a bronze medal at the European Games in Baku in 2015 in the mixed team category.
Israeli Women’s athletics has an additional runner competing this summer in 27-year old Selamawit Dagnachew Teferi as she will be participating in the 5000 Meters and 10000 Meters.
Dagnachew has won the Israeli championship in the 800 Meters in 2017 along with winning the 1500 Meters in 2019 and hopes to be a pleasant surprise for her Israeli supporters.