Maccabi SA first competed in athletics at the 1935 Games where every member of the five-man squad won a medal, followed by 16 medals in 1950. Team SA continued to perform well until 1969, with standout performances by Harold Bromberg (1957) who held the Maccabi Record for the 100m sprint with a time of 10.44 seconds, and Lorraine Lotzof (1965) who won gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Ms Lotzof was also awarded the Trophy for Outstanding Athlete across all sports at the 1965 Games.
Maccabi SA did not compete again in track & field (as it was now called) until 1993, winning a remarkable 18 medals. At the 2001 Games, Jessica Harrisberg won the Award for Outstanding Performance at the Maccabiah. Team SA has won 86 medals to date for track & field.
In 1989 Maccabi SA entered the ”Road Running” category, winning gold and bronze medals in the half marathon. Since then, the marathon and half-marathon events have become very popular. SA has won six medals in this category to date.
Maccabi SA has appointed the highly accomplished SA runner, Adam Lipschitz as the Convenor for Track & Field, including the half marathon. Adam won gold in the 5km and 10km races at the 2017 Maccabiah, while at the 2019 European Maccabi Games he won gold in the half-marathon.
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