The Israeli delegation to Tokyo 2020 is growing day by day. Last night (Saturday) the jumper Hanna Knyazeva Minenko achieved the criterion and today the swimmer Matan Roditi also got the long-awaited ticket to the Olympic Games.
Roditi, the Israeli open-water swimmer, will be the first in history to represent Israel at the Olympics in this industry. The 22-year-old from Bnei Herzliya, who trains with the team under coach Amir Ofer, finished in fourth place in the Olympic illegal immigration competition held in Portugal, in which 15 tickets were awarded to Tokyo.
Roditi was in the lead throughout the race, waiting slightly behind at the start of the top ten for many miles, but bursting just in time with the leaders and finishing in a time of 2:02:16 hours, eight seconds behind the British winner Chill Pardo. The second Israeli representative in the competition, Yuval Safra, finished in 40th place with a time of 2:07:17 hours.