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Israeli women’s goalball team finishes fourth at 2016 Pajulahti Games

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With goalball having wrapped up at the 2016 Pajulahti Games in Finland, the Israeli women’s national goal team finished in fourth place after losing to Turkey 9 – 2 in the bronze medal match.  They finished ahead of Ukraine and hosts Finland.


Israel opened the competition against Finland, defeating them 4 – 1, after having a 2 – 1 lead at the end of the first half.  Their second match in round robin play was the United States, who crushed them 10 – 1.  Next, Israel played Russia.  Despite being tied 3 – 3 at the half, the Israelis let them game get away from them and lost 4 – 5.  They then met Turkey, whom they lost to 4 – 1.  Their last game was against Ukraine, whom they beat 5 – 1, after having a 3 – 0 lead at the half.   This performance was good enough to qualify them for the semi-finals, where they met the United States.  While the game was much less lopsided, Israel still lost 3 – 4.

Israel brought Elham Mahamid, Gal Hamrani, Sivan Ababaia, Yarden Adika, Roni Ohayon and Lihi Ben David to the tournament.  The team entered the tournament ranked ninth in the world, behind Australia and ahead of Guatemala.


Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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